Snow Art Zone: When will it melt?
By Taylor J. Hale
STEVENS POINT — As winter fades into the warmth of spring, one local artist is taking advantage of the diminishing snow. Jef Schobert, the mastermind behind Snow Art Zone, sculpted a frigid snow monolith, and asked the public: “When will it melt?”
“The person closest to the date can offer me their idea they would like to see out of snow next season,” Schobert explained in an interview with the Gazette.
Schobert ran the contest last year but is hoping to gain more momentum with the project this time around. Those who wish to guess can do so on the Snow Art Zone Facebook page. Participants are fully entered into the contest once the artist “likes” your post on the official Snow Art Zone Facebook contest post. The deadline for entries is April 1. Schobert hopes the melting event will draw in more fans who are unfamiliar with his social media outlets.
“Well, this city has 30,000 plus people in it,” Schobert said. “I have less than 4,000 following me on Facebook, and many of those are from around the Earth. Almost every year dozens of people ask me if they can take a picture when they stop by. It seems few know I’m on Facebook, Instagram and Tiktok in town.”
The local snow-crafter, who is a disabled war veteran, is also planning to make a sticker that residents could put on their vehicles, to support the group.
“I’m looking to make a bumper sticker,” Schobert said. “It would be easier if people donated to my GoFundMe page, located on my Snow Art Zone Facebook page with a sign-up button.”
The contest started on Mar. 24 with a block of snow approximately 7 feet tall, 4 feet wide and 16 inches thick. “I figure it’s going to melt, might as well make an event out of it,” Schobert explained.
Link to the contest posting: https://www.facebook.com/snowartclark/photos/a.411418429020980/1238899756272839/?type =3&theater
Link to Snow Art Zone’s group page: https://www.facebook.com/snowartclark/
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