Fitting with the theme of man against the elements, artists Matt Burnett and Scott Fuller arrived at Mt. Sabattis in Long Lake, NY in two pickup trucks with pre-made eight foot by eight foot wooden forms for the creation of the over- size, larger than humans, snow sculptures appearing in over three locations around Long Lake the week of January 14th through January 22nd.
Matt and Scott started the morning out in the snowstorm, which has dropped over six inches of snow and doesn’t seem to be letting up anytime soon. Prior to the storm Matt and Scott had projected that to get enough snow to fill the forms it would take hours to mold and set the forms, but with mother nature’s cooperation this latest storm continues to dump ample amounts of snow which makes the timeline of the project more feasible and more efficient.
Scott and Matt are using power tools, shovels, and propping up the wooden forms next to the Long Lake Town Flagpole, currently flying at half-mast as a mark of respect for the tragic shooting in Tuscon, Arizona.
The forms were constructed by Matt and Scott Tuesday evening at the maintenance workshop located at the Long Lake Camp for the Arts with the help of local volunteer, Richard Dechene.
During the project installation Matt and Scott will be working within the community drumming up volunteer support, and locating new areas to place their forms. They will be calling on anyone and everyone to help them out during the installation.
To create the giant snow forms, the artists must fill the wooden boxes from the top using the piles of snow around Mt. Sabattis. The LL Highway department has donated the use of a front loader and a crew member to help facilitate this portion of the project. Matt and Scott will tamp down the snow inside the box with snowshoes and shovels and pile an additional load of snow on the top as needed. The form will be in place with the packed down snow for several hours and once the form is safely set the sides will be removed and the form will be in place. It will take several hours to set the form, but the artists are thrilled with the snow that arrived today in Long Lake.
Look for the forms at Mt. Sabattis, at the corner of Route 28N/30 and Owl’s Head Lane (formerly Sagamore Road) and at the Long Lake Spillway across from the beach. They hope to land one more prominent location in the center of town to be announced later.
This project is made possible in part from support from the following organizations: The Arts Council for the Northern Adirondacks, New York State Foundation for the Arts, The Adirondack Museum, The Town of Long Lake, Union College, St. Lawrence University, Gillis Reality and with public funds from the New York State Council of the Arts Decentralization Regrant Program. In Hamilton County the Decentralization Program is administered by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake.