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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

A Frozen Toy Story

Last Thursday, The Maestro and I took the time to see some of the snow statues. Winter Carnival is such a big deal that there is no school, so neither of us had to teach. I always look forward to this little date with him every year, but holy cannoli it's never actually been this cold. The wind chill was 27 below at the time we were looking at the statues, and the regular temperature was also below zero. I was completely bundled up, had a scarf covering the majority of my face, and I couldn't handle being out in that weather longer than a few minutes a pop.

So. Not as many photos as usual. I took some of the three big fraternity statues, and that's it. But, our Winter Carnival did make it into The Huffington Post, so if you'd like to see a few more photos, you can look HERE.

The first statue we visited was the third place winner in the fraternity competition. The theme this year was "Nostalgic Films from Childhood Days, Come to Life in Frosty Ways" so naturally there was a whole lot of Disney and Pixar going on.

This one was a Toy Story Western theme.

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Look closely, and you can see that they made alphabet blocks to spell ANDY.
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I couldn't get a really good photo of the entire thing, but I always like to be able to show you the scale. These things are truly monstrosities!

This year there was a lot of ice incorporated into the sculptures--like the Barrel of Monkeys on this one. I think it was due to our extreme cold this year. Ice is something they can work on indoors when the weather is too freezing for outdoor work (there are rules that state the students cannot work on the statues outdoors when it is colder than ten below zero out). Also, it's so freaking cold that the ice isn't melting. Usually the ice elements don't last more than a day or so, but this year they are still going strong after nearly a week.

I'll put the rest of the photos up soon---never fear!

PS I tend to convert most of these sculpture photos to black and white since so much of the detail is lost in the camera and that helps show it better. But I did leave a few of these in color.


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