First of all let’s reflect on last year’s winter, ugh! I refer to it as the “endless, unrelenting, unsympathetic 2014 winter of horribleness.” Anyway with that said this year has been so much better. It’s what I call normal winter and on a glorious 40 degree day (which was a little unforgiving on the sculptures) Betty and I scrambled over to the Navy Pier to check out Snow Days Chicago. Once a year, usually February, professional teams from the US and around the world, along side student sculptors from Chicago area high schools, get together and create!
Betty’s Response: Do they need models? I’ve got a killer back wheel…
“The Bearded Curtain” – Nicholas Senn High School — Amy Moore — Team Name: Cream Team — Ian Machuca, Oscar Lindahl, Sky Bernard, Brian Baren, Alternate: Harry Warnaar (student team)
“Windy Star” — Lincoln Park High School — Eric Hill — Team Name: Ice Breakerz — Maximillian Tabb, Edalynn Villagracia, Michaela Loizzi, Amanda Sondy, Alternate: Antoinette Huber (student team)
“Cloud Bear” — Oak Park River Forest High School — Tracy Van Duinen — Sarah Luepker, Anastasia Serriukova, Margaret Hellengas, Grayson Uhlir, Alternate: Zoe Jackson (student team)
“Geometric Puffin” — Walter Payton High School — Pat Guizetti — Team Name: Grizzlies — Anne Rogers, Maisie Anrud, Jonathan Rodriguez, Susan McDougal, Alternate: Sunny Chiu (student team)
“The Slaying of Orochi by Susanoo” — Detroit, MI — Adam Warmack, Marko Masnjak, Dan Povolo (professional team)
“Impending Fate” — Racine, WI — Jeff Shawhan, Brett Tomczak, Jim Malkowski (professional team)
“Doves of Peace” — Kiev, Ukraine — Bogdan Kutsevych, Brandon Markle, Oleksiy Poda however elow this sculpture was my favorite, perhaps a little gorilla-art?! HA! (professional team)
(professional gorilla artist)
“Man on the Moon” — Argentina — Hernan Javier Elissamburu, Martin Osvaldo Cerrudo, Jose Maria Martin (professional team)
And last future snow sculptors taking part in Snow Painting…Betty was into it.
Alright! We’re off to our next adventure but first HEY! Get out there and SHOW ME WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW!
-The residual purpose of art is purposeless play. This play however, is an affirmation of life–Not an attempt to bring order out of chaos nor to suggest improvements in creation, but simply a way of waking up to the very life we’re living, which is so excellent once one gets one’s mind and one’s desires out of its way and lets it act of its own accord. -John Cage