When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When life gives you snow, make an epic snowbear.
That’s what two local men did when they constructed a huge snowbear in the front yard of their home on George Street in downtown Peterborough on Sunday (January 28).
“This is the work of myself and one good friend, late on Sunday night when the local conditions were ideal,” Jon Kolodziej tells kawarthaNOW.
Recent snowfall coupled with mild temperatures made for perfect snowman-making (and snowbear-making) conditions.
Kolodziej’s roommate Dana Beren Watts collaborated in the creation of the snowbear, which they call “Snowlar Bear 2020” or “Snowlar Bear #3” — meaning they’ve done it before.
According to Watts, the snowbear took around four hours to create, with Kolodziej spending a couple of hours on the initial sculpture before Watts joined him.
Several people noticed the snowbear on Monday, posting photos on Instagram.
As for why Kolodziej and Watts created the giant snowbear, it’s mostly about the smiles.
“Here’s to brightening up the day in the little ways that we are all capable of,” Kolodziej says.
For his part, Watts also feels creating a “snowlar bear” (polar bear made of snow) draws attention to the impacts of climate change.