|With apologies to Robert Indiana, some people LOVE snow.|
|That's snow ordinary Batman,|
and far removed from an
|The Japanese have even perfected|
the art of snow portraiture, in
this case, golfer, Ryo Ishikawa.
This is not about the seemingly more noble medium of ice sculpture (04-01-13). Though they might appear to be similar, snow is different from ice. Though winter wonderland artists might endlessly argue the point, to my way of thinking, and bearing in mind my rather limited experience in either medium, I'd say snow is probably the more technically difficult of the two. Ice is firm, hard, and relatively strong. Snow is none of these. Sculptors attack ice with chisels and chainsaws. Snow is delicately formed with butter knives, shovels, spoons, and maybe the occasional hacksaw. If all else fails, bare hands may be the order of the day. Whatever the case, the operant description of the medium, under even the coldest, most blustery, ideal winter conditions is "fragile." (Whee, I'm feeling cooler already.)
|It doesn't snow much in Athens, Greece, so the Japanese constructed their |
version of the Parthenon to commemorate the Athens Olympics in 2004.
(14 meters high, 20 meters wide, 26 meters long)
|How it's done--scaffolding, a broom, and a steady hand.|
|If you build it, they will come--the biggest fans of snow sculpture.|