So, weather-willing, for quite a few years now I’ve made a big pile of snow and carved a snow sculpture. This typically involves using a gas powered snow blower and shovels to pile up and pack most or all of the snow in my parent’s front yard into an enormous pile, leaving it for a few days to harden up, and then carving away chunks and pieces with a variety of (mostly garden) tools. A bit of spray paint may be added to finish it off.
I’d like to kick it up this year, and add some tech.
Here’s a significant assortment of the sculptures I’ve completed:
A roughed out pile to provide some scale:
Happy Hans (town Mascot)
Possibly the only 2013 Canadian Penny to exist:
Easter Snow Bunny and random children:
In this one, the flames were made by freezing cookie sheets of water with food-colouring dye.
BB-8 Spherical Space Robot :
My process is pretty loose - I often start with a sketch, sometimes use are reference photo or make a scaled model. Very often wing it.
Working with snow is great: it’s cheap, fairly forgiving, and doesn’t require specialized equipment. It doesn’t last long, but something something appreciate fleeting moments / live in the present.
Here’s where you come in. Please post:
- Ideas for adding tech to the build process (e.g. augmented reality to help guide carving?)
- Ideas for adding light / motion to the end product (e.g. RGB leds?)
- Ideas for adding some sort of interactivity (e.g. Wi-Fi or motion detection?)
- Ideas for cool/topical sculptures that may/may not include or highlight the above