Monday, 2 February 2009

Another Interlude to Proceedings...

A couple of years ago I made these snowmen when the school I worked in was closed because of the weather.

It happened again today (different school though), so I donned my polar buff and arctic jacket, armed myself with a broken spatula and my house keys, and set off for Waterlow Park in Highgate.

And found it locked.

But I also found people climbing the wall. Several people told me that the park had earlier been open but then closed on Health & Safety grounds (creating the marvellous H&S risk that is people climbing over walls), but I later found out from The Man From Arusha that the man had never come to unlock it in the first place, because he couldn't get there.

And so after lifting a couple of small boys over into the park, I was able to set about starting this year's creation. I had been thinking of several snowmen in a ten-pin bowling themed massacre, but realised very quickly how much work that would involve, and decided against it.

My friend Amy suggested that since it is Groundhog today I should either do a ground hog, or Andie MacDowell's face. Andie McDowell's face was quickly ruled out on the grounds that I don't know how to airbrush a snow sculpture, and I'm not entirely familiar with the anatomy of a groundhog.

So I did this beaver instead:

Waterlow Park - Snow Beaver! Waterlow Park - Snow Beaver! Waterlow Park - Snow Beaver!

And I was quite please with the result. It was originally going to be wearing a top hat, but I couldn't do the brim, so it ended up with a fez instead. And a frock coat.

Passers-by seemed contradictory as to whether it is a boy or a girl, but I'm fairly sure it's a girl. One person asked me if I snowsculpt for a living, which pleased me, although by no means could I be bothered to get it perfect - it took me two hours as it was, and I was knackered by the end of it. I'm still slightly annoyed about the face though. I tried so hard to use clean snow but I obviously cocked up somewhere.

All I need to do now is some work. And make soup.

The full photo set: Clicky

3 comments:

  1. I might add that it was also really nice to have Londoners saying hello and talking and smiling with complete strangers.

    You don't often see that.

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  2. very rare that. hope you enjoyed it while you could. i spent about 2 minutes mashing together a mini snowman before my hands froze but it's the thought that counts. your snow beaver is lovely - perhaps the person who asked if you're a snow scupltor was chatting you up...??

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  3. Um, no.

    And thank you. I was wearing the gloves I bought for climbing Kili - they're amazing, I could take them off and get cold hands, and then put them on again, and my hands would soon warm up even though the gloves were wet.

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