Cut by cut, piece by piece, a block of snow on Washington Street took on a new form Saturday as a sizable walrus.
It wasnt the first choice for Danny W. Green, as he worked with his brother Thomas W. and friend Shane A. Charleton.
He initially had planned to make a squid. However, the threat of rain over the weekend made him concerned about maintaining the squids wrapping tentacles, causing his team to alter its design to the more sturdy walrus.
With a new plan and a few walrus photos printed out, the team got to work.
Its a process, I keep telling them, he said early into their work about 9 a.m. Its a process.
Getting to work, the team spent hours carving away at its block, stationed in front of the Masonic Temple building.
Grown men playing in the snow, Mr. Green said.
Slowly but surely, the block found its form, with square edges rounding out, and a face emerging to look at passing traffic.
The more you see it come together, the more inspired you get, Thomas Green said.
With several people walking around downtown Watertown for the North Country Chili Cook-off, the teams work was met with several interested onlookers. Team members said they were happy many children could recognize their final goal, even before their parents could.
You can see the smile on their face, Mr. Charleton said
Michael C. Miller, president of the North Country Arts Council, said he was encouraged by what he saw as he arrived toward the tail end of the groups work. He said the walrus reminded him of the sculptures that were made for Snowtown USA about two decades ago.
Its been far too long, he said. Mr. Miller added that the area was lucky to have several experienced local teams with the ability to create the intricate sculptures.
Finishing up just after 4 p.m., Mr. Green said he was happy with the final product.
Once you saw the walrus there, everybody jumped in there and wrapped it up in pretty good time, Mr. Green said.
With the walrus sculpture in place, more will be joining it soon. More sculptors are expected to start their work today, and will continue for the next few weeks.
Video of the sculpture being made can be seen at http://wdt.me/snow-sculpture.