It’s always a gamble to plan an event that is predicated on the weather. Fortunately, Mother Earth cooperated on February 5th when over 150 people gathered in Lipe Art Park, on the Near Westside, to have a snow sculpture competition and general fun in the snow. The weather was bearable (34 degrees), over a foot and a half of snow was on the ground, and hot chocolate and coffee was readily available; it was the perfect formula for winter event in Syracuse, NY.
For three hours the Stewards of Lipe Art Park and the 40 Below Public Arts Task Force, in partnership with the Near Westside Initiative hosted a snow sculpture competition. Eight sculptures were created including a recreation of the “Spirit of Syracuse” (the statue on the National Grid building), a replica of the Gear Factory, a boat on the Eerie Canal, and a giant hand (with colored fingernails).
While the groups worked hard on their sculptures, general spectators watched on, tried their aim at the snowball target range, perused the ice gallery wall, and tried some amazing homemade cupcakes and hot beverages. At the end of the afternoon, as fresh snow was falling quickly onto the sculptures, a jury selected three winners, all receiving a prize from a local Syracuse establishment.
It was wonderful to see so many people come out to Lipe Art Park to enjoy an afternoon playing in the snow. It was a great mix of Near Westside residents as well as people from all over the city coming together at the park. It seems that nothing brings people together like snow, cupcakes, and hot chocolate!
Based on the success of the event, look out for Upstate Snowdown again in 2012!
Check out the Post Standard article about the event here: PDF of article
Visit 40 Below Public Art Task Force for additional information.