Snow Piles: A Fact of Life

February 18, 2010

Ken Avidor wants you to notice snow piles!

You know it, I know it, every Minnesotan who has ever lived knows it—snow piles are a fact of life. Well artist Ken Avidor wants Twin Cities artists to notice these piles and capture them in their journals. You can see what may well be the largest snow pile in Minneapolis here. And view Roberta Avidor's more modestly sized (but still formidable) snow pile in the previous post.

So join in the winter fun at Urban Sketchers—Twin Cities. Start spotting and documenting those snow piles!

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    I followed the links and learned about the secretive nature of snow dumps. That’s a riot! Can’t relate to that in my Kansas town of 140,000.

    • Carol
    • February 18, 2010

    I’m fascinated by all this snow. Here in Australia it’s hot and wet, or hot and dry, depending on where you are. Like a sauna here on the east coast of Australia, so I’m enjoying all the photographs and drawings of winter scenes that I’m finding.

    • Roz
    • February 18, 2010

    Well, John, there’s one snow pile that isn’t secret any more. Artists notice things.

    And Carol, it’s great fun to be outside in the snow, besides sketching snow piles!

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    Like Carol, I’m fascinated by snow. Here in California we’ve been having piles of fog, and piles of rain, and smaller lumps of sunshine. But no snow. Thank goodness. I wouldn’t know what to do with it. Roz, can you still ride your bike in it?

    • Roz
    • February 19, 2010

    Maggie, while there are tons of bicyclists in the Twin Cities who ride year round I’m not one of them. I fancy keeping my skin! Even though we have bike paths it is not always possible to stay on them in the winter. That leaves you in the road, choked this year with snow, ice (!), and cars who aren’t thinking “bikes.”

    If it rains and the roads are slick I stay in (I will ride if I’m out and it starts raining); when it dips below 43 I stop riding—that’s when it is too cold for me to wear my shorts. I really like to ride only in shorts, top and helmet.

    I may adapt this year and wear tights, but the jury is out on that. I think I would go to 35 degrees if that were the case.

    You’ll hear it here first of course!

    Once the temp falls below my outside limit the bike gets attached to an indoor gizmo that puts resistance on the back wheel so I can shift gears and ride along with Robbie Ventura! That’s fun too.

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