Kodiak Daily Mirror - Snow bear makes appearance on Kodiak street
  
Snow bear makes appearance on Kodiak street
by James Brooks / editor@kodiakdailymirror.com
Jan 10, 2012 | 324 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jamie Furrer, left, and Kadie Walsh pose with their snow-sculpted creation Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, on Mission Road. Walsh said the two were inspired to create the bear after an attempt to make a snowman failed.
(Photo courtesy Dake Schmidt)
Jamie Furrer, left, and Kadie Walsh pose with their snow-sculpted creation Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, on Mission Road. Walsh said the two were inspired to create the bear after an attempt to make a snowman failed. (Photo courtesy Dake Schmidt)
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KODIAK — Bears lounging along Kodiak roads aren’t unheard of, but a bear on Mission Road gave drivers pause Sunday and Monday.

The bear isn’t one of Kodiak’s usual browns — it’s made of snow.

“People driving by just smile,” said sculptor Kadie Walsh. “It’s pretty fun to watch.”

Walsh, who works for a series of small businesses during the day, got the idea for the sculpture after last weekend’s snowstorm left almost 10 inches of white on the ground.

She and neighbor Jamie Furrer set out to make a snowman on Saturday morning, but they didn’t have much luck.

“She is from California, and she basically has never made a snowman before,” Furrer said. “The snow was not very wet, so when you tried to roll it, it crumbled.”

After going back and forth with Furrer, the two piled snow into a berm and let it harden Saturday night.

When they woke up Sunday morning, they set to work, carving away the hardened snowpack.

“On Sunday, we spent probably five hours carving it out,” Walsh said.

The result is surprisingly lifelike — a bear perhaps 10 feet long from nose to tail, reclining on the ground.

A black dot serves as an eye, but other than that, the sculpture is entirely white.

Walsh said the response has been positive since word started getting around.

“Of course we posted pictures on Facebook, and tons of people liked it,” she said.

She said she plans to maintain the sculpture through today’s weather, as long as it doesn’t rain too heavily.

And even if the bear doesn’t hold up, Walsh said she will “absolutely” make another.

Contact Mirror editor James Brooks at editor@kodiak

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