Built in London during a rare bout of heavy snow, this snow sculpture was a one-man effort that took roughly six hours to complete. It was built entirely out of snow, without any internal supports. No tools were used except for a small chair a passerby lent me so that I could reach the fingernails more easily.
Here are a few pieces of advice on snow sculpture in general and a guide to how I made this giant snow hand.
Disclaimer: Some of these photos are from my previous snow sculpture projects. One of them has been digitally edited. Hopefully it's fairly obvious which one.
Step 1: Health and safety
Warning! Snow is cold. Places with lots of snow are often cold. By standing in a place with lots of snow and playing with snow, you may also become cold. Wrap yourself up thoroughly (with waterproof trousers if possible) and be aware of signs of hypothermia.
Keep an eye out for:
- Numbness or tingling of your extremities and face
- An increased sense of clumsiness, confusion or difficulty concentrating
- Drowsiness or fatigue
If you notice any of these symptoms in yourself, go inside and warm up for a bit before carrying on with your sculpture. If you notice them in anyone else, consider slitting open their belly like a tauntaun's and climbing inside for warmth until help arrives.
Avoid building your snow sculptures on large frozen bodies of water or in places prone to avalanches.