Turtle snow sculpture

As freezing weather threatens the UK, three brothers have unveiled a 12ft-high snow turtle which they built in their parents’ gardens.

The Bartz brothers, Austin, 20, Trevor, 19 and Connor, 16, began crafting the impressive beast on November 14th. In total it took them 300 hours to complete.

Connor said: “It’s become a yearly tradition. We have a constant stream of people who park in the street outside to take pictures.”

“We get most of the snow from our neighbour, as well as tennis courts in local parks.

“We put the snow in our garage and heat it up to make it sticky, which makes it easier to mould.”

The intrepid trio, of New Brighton, Minnesota, began building snow sculptures back in 2012, when they created a giant pufferfish inspired by memories from a family holiday.

Connor said: “Every year we make a snow sculpture of a sea creature. The pufferfish design was taken from a fish we caught in Florida a few years back.”

Last year they build a giant shark, complete with pointy teeth. The brothers maintain their snow statues for a few months, until they finally melts towards the end of April.

They said: “The snow sea turtle is our favourite so far as its the biggest and more friendly. The shark scared off some of the children last year.”

The brothers have posted a time-lapse showing how they made the sculpture on their YouTube channel, Bartz Outdoors.

You can see more pictures of the boys creative work on their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/BartzSnowSculptures.

More high resolution pictures are available on request. To discuss rates for using pictures and copy, contact news editor Tom Knight on 07815 004413 or tom@medavia.co.uk.

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