Team USA returns to sculpt snow at Woodson Art Museum

Published: Jan. 19, 2019 at 8:00 PM CST
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For the last 29 years, Team USA Snow Sculptors have traveled to Wausau to turn snow into a beautiful three-dimensional piece of art; this year they are at it again.

Throughout the weekend spectators and art lovers can watch as three artists from Wisconsin transform a block of snow into a cube of illusion designed by the famous artist, Victor Vasarely.

“It truly amazing to watch a block of snow transformed in a matter of days into a sculpture made of snow," shared Amy Beck who is the Marketing and Communications Director for the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.

The sculpture is located on the front lawn of the museum and anyone can come to watch for free as the sculptors work.

"We have been coming here for more than 25 years,” stated Mike Martino, a sculptor with Team USA Snow Sculptors. “We get to see familiar faces again and people anticipate us coming. It’s always fun."

Vasarely is known for his two-dimensional art that he makes look three-dimensional by deceiving the eyes.

“We encourage people to come and visit this weekend and see the sculptures at work and through the rest of the exhibition,” added Beck.

While the sculptors work outside in the snow, inside visitors are able to admire more of Vasarely’s art but using 3D glasses to get the full effect.

In the basement of the Museum, there are dozens of hands-on activities for all ages that focus on the concepts of Vasarely’s designs.

“This is really something you have to come and see for yourself. Both inside and out,” explained Martino.

The Woodson Art Museum is free and open to the public Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday, Noon to 5:00 p.m.

The Sculptors anticipate completing their outdoor snow sculpture Sunday afternoon.