Rad Bookish Snow Sculptures Around The World

My little town is one of a few in southern Wisconsin that hosts an annual snow sculpting contest. Every year it tends to fall on the coldest week of winter, making going out and looking at the sculptures while they’re being built a challenge in and of itself, which for this year is especially ironic, given that the contest in a nearby town the weekend before resulted in cars ending up in the lake since the weather hadn’t yet been cold enough to freeze it for safe parking.

The theme for this year’s contest was loosely relating to the movies. I saw a snow Yoda (Sn-yoda, as I call it), movie reels, Kung-Fu panda carved in a solid block of ice, and then this guy:


That would be Moby-Dick. Made entirely of snow. I don’t know about you, but I am impressed as hell with that.

Snow sculpting, like sand sculpting, fascinates me. The work of coming up with a concept and executing it, knowing that you are literally at the mercy of the elements, makes the results that spectators get to see even more enjoyable. Because of the cold this year, some of the blocks never got carved in town; two years ago, it became warm and sunny so quickly that the sculptures hardly lasted the weekend. I would think because the unknowns of winter sculpting are greater than those with sand sculpting, that it’d be tougher to take on this task. But as I heard one of the creators say to an onlooker last week, she loves doing it because it keeps her mind busy during the months when there’s so little else to do.

In the spirit of the season, here’s a look at some more rad bookish snow sculptures from around the world. I’ve included links where possible for more information about the teams behind the creations and where they were made.


moby dick


Here’s another take on Moby Dick, this time with the actual pages of a book “flapping in the wind.” I love the details here. (via).


grinch snow sculpture


From the Dartmouth archives, a massive snow sculpture of The Grinch, one of Dr. Seuss’s classics. Seuss — real name Theodore Geisel — was a Dartmouth alum.


kids reading snow sculpture


I can find no information about this particular sculpture, but I love it nonetheless. It’s so happy! Look at those kids in utter delight reading a book together.


20000 leagues


Via, here’s a snow representation of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.




Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your long, snowy braid. (via).


alice in wonderland


Oh, Alice. (via)


cheshire cat


Speaking of Alice in Wonderland, this ice carving of the Cheshire Cat is creepy and awesome. Spend a little time looking through this Flickr album, where you’ll see even more familiar characters from this world as rendered in ice.


hobbit house


I am impressed by the lighting coming from inside this Hobbit house. (via)


sherlock ice


Sherlock Holmes in ice. (via)


reading a book


This looks like a cozy reading spot, albeit a bit cold. (via).


book ice sculpture

The detailing on this book made entirely of ice is incredible. (via).


humpty dumpty


All the king’s horses and all the king’s men couldn’t keep Humpty Dumpty off such a cold snow wall. (via).




And finally, a gorgeous snow sculpture of Tove Jansson’s Moomin from the huge Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in China. Even though these aren’t all bookish, if snow and ice sculptures catch your fancy, spend some time looking through these.

Bundle (up) with bookish leggings + 2 pairs of socks for $30 and spend the snuggly season in literary style.