The Michigan Daily - Monday, February 13, 1989 - Page 7
Snow sculptors flock to
Ann Arbor for contest
BY MICAH SCHMIT
Armed with axes, chicken wire,
window scrapers, and other appli-
ances, people from as far away as
Wisconsin and Georgia braved sub-
freezing weather to turn 23 five-ton
blocks of snow into white crys-
talline sculptures in downtown Ann
Arbor over the weekend.
The second annual Michigan
Snow Sculpting Competition, part
of the 1989 WINTERFEST, was
held on Main Street. Sculpting
began Thursday and ended yesterday
at 11 a.m. with the judging.
A team from Saginaw emerged
with top honors and will represent
Michigan in the U.S. Snow Sculpt-
ing Championships next January.
The Saginaw team, led by captain
Bill Doehring, carved the image of a
face inside a giant sea shell. The
work was titled, "Safe within my
Shell." Some of the tools used in-
cluded cheese graters and dog chains,
Team member Mike Strother said
working 12-hour days can be fatigu-
ing and bone chilling, but "you just
cut your fingers off if they get frost
bitten." Strother's team sculpted
"Two Butterflies on top of a Carna-
There is an artistic challenge to
working with snow, Strother said.
One only has shades of white and
grey to use, and must play with the
contours of the snow to create depth
These sculpting techniques did
not go unnoticed by LSA sopho-
more Becky Zerial, who was admir-
ing the artists putting finishing
touches on their sculptures Saturday
"My favorites are the two butter-
flies and the hand holding the
snowflake, she said.
But the butterfly sculpture -
which the team had spent nearly 30
hours working on and was nearly
complete - collapsed late Saturday
The sculptor of "Trapped in his
own Piece" was not afraid of a chal-
lenge. The ten-foot high block
looked unfinished. But when ob-
servers looked through an opening,
the inside revealed the figure of a
Even amateurs are invited to par-
ticipate in snow-sculpting competi-
tions, said Eric Johnson, a 1985
University graduate who created and
organized the event. "Signing up for
a block of snow is easy. It's a first-
come, first-served basis, and if
you're serious about showing up and
have a reasonable drawing, you can
get a block," he said.
The blocks were made by packing
snow gathered from the Ann Arbor
Airport. The snow was dumped into
ten feet high wooden boxes.
"We had a contingency plan -- an
air water gun - in case there wasn't
enough snow," Johnson said, adding
that snow making was unnecessary.
This year's competition drew
thousands of spectators. People in
passing cars gawked at the sculptures
from their windows. "Cars were
bumper to bumper until about mid-
night on Saturday, Johnson said.
Hungary's ruling Communist Party
About 1000 supporters of ousted president Ferdinand Marcos hold a rally yesterday at a central square in
Manila to demand his return from Hawaii. Their appeals were addressed to the United States, the Manila's
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -
Hungary's ruling Communist Party
has moved toward sharing power
with other political groups by be-
coming the first Eastern European
country to endorse a multiparty sys-
Party leader Karoly Grosz an-
nounced after a two- day meeting of
the Central Committee that the pol-
icy- making body had decided a mul-
tiparty system was the only way to
guarantee political pluralism in
He also indicated the party had
revised its view of the 1956 anti-
Soviet revolt to acknowledge the
uprising started with good intentions
but went sour.
A multiparty system would
"certainly provide an opportunity
for alliances" and participation by
groups the Communists would not
be able to mobilize on their own,
Grosz said in a n interview ex-
cerpted on Hungarian radio late Sat-
urday and due for full broadcast Sun-
The system is expected to be le-
gal under a new constitution to be
written next year.
Grosz said he expected the
constitution to require new parties
to operate "on a socialist basis."
"If they do not accept the consti-
tution, then they cannot operate
legally," he said. He did not elabo-
No date has been announced for
multiparty local or national parlia-
mentary elections, but both are due
by the end of 1990.
Grosz's remarks indicated that
dozen's of political movements,
many of which have begun in recent
months, will be allowed to partici-
Unlike alternative parties in East
Germany, Czechoslovakia and
Poland, Hungary's groups are inde-
pendent of the Communists.
Hungarians from the alternative
groups and Western diplomats saw
Grosz's statement as a victory for
Communist Party reformers.
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