As an Arctic continues to bash the eastern United States, a New Jersey man has made the most of snowstorm Juno by creating an unusual snow sculpture – a huge campfire complete with a toasted marshmallow.
Brendan Schaffer, 26, spent five hours creating the 10ft-high sculpture at Fairview Lake YMCA camp in Oxford, New Jersey.
The talented environmental education officer has created several sand sculptures over the years but this winter he decided to take advantage of the deluge of snow.
He said: “I wanted to make a campfire because it’s such a fun thing to do at our YMCA camp.
“Our camp is turning 100 years old this year, so I thought what better way to commemorate that than to build a giant campfire out of snow.”
Mr Schaffer created the campfire sculpture using nothing but snow, patience and food colouring.
He said “I made a huge snowball for the marshmallow and shaped it into a plump, fluffy treat. I had to use a lot of muscle to hoist it over the fire – it was really heavy.”
Mr Schaffer has previously sculpted a dragon and Disney’s favourite snowman Olaf from Frozen.
He says people are loving the sculpture and photos of it are starting to go viral online.
He said: “It’s fun to show people the picture and see their faces light up – I really enjoy snow sculpting because it’s a great way to preserve the snow in a fun and inventive way.”
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