Less than a mile from my house is the biggest snow sculpture I have ever seen. It literally covers an entire front yard.
And it’s a shark.
A 16 foot high shark.
Built by 19 year old Austin, 15 year old Connor, and 18 year old Trevor the massive shark is their 2013 labor of snow love. This isn’t their first endeavor. In the winter of 2011, the Bartz boys (then 17, 13, and 16) debuted their first work of art — a giant puffer fish — in their front yard. Last year, they built a 15 foot walrus. And this year their 16 foot shark.
They determined that creating this sculpture has taken them at least 95 hours, and they have been working on it for the past month hauling snow in their sleds from their neighbors’ yards. Those 95 hours do not include the planning time. They usually look online for their inspiration. The guys want something that takes a lot of creativity and is distinguished so as you drive past, you can easily see what it is. And each year they get bigger.
Along with building the shark, the Bartz brothers have also created a viewing area for the public, and they welcome the public to come check it out. They love to make people happy, and if there is one thing this shark does is make people happy.
Even my sister-in-law visiting from North Carolina ventured into the subzero temperatures, the shark luring her out of the van and into the elements to get a closer look.
They have been featured on the local news stations and even on the Today Show.
Plans are already in the works for next year. These guys are proof that kids still like to play outside!
Thanks, Austin, Trevor, and Connor for the innocent, creative, and exciting family fun you bring to the Twin Cities
Just take a look at how their Snow Shark Progression Video.
If you want to check out the Bartz’s Giant Snow Shark in person, you can find it on the 2700 block of 16th Street NW in New Brighton, just west of Silver Lake Road.
If you want to see their past creations, you can check out these WCCO Interviews.
The Puffer Fish