This memory, of course, led me to search for snow sculpture competitions where I found the annual event in Colorado. Not bad. Not bad at all.
I'm sure Nanook of the north had his creative moments where the snow inspired him simply to chisel away.
I'm also reminded of my senior year in high school where our senior class entered a snow sculpture competition during Syracuse's Winterfest and when, with temperatures like today, I was the only one who showed up to work. The block of ice our school was given was meant to be hammered into a coca cola bottle. Let's just say, "That never happened." Rather than soda pop, I managed to create a fridgedaire! It was a pathetic attempt, but the best I could do by myself in the freezing cold.
I suppose innovation is best when individuals read their environments and make the best of it. Here's to all the snow men and women out there who choose artistic expression on days when hot cocoa and a fireplace are much more inviting.