Snow Structures: Makeshift Architecture Fueled by Dreams

This image of an urban igloo jarred memories of hours spent building snow huts as a kid. We devised various methods of making them: building a huge mound of snow and burrowing a room into it…packing walls of snow in a round, graduated slope until we somehow made it hold a “roof” (we never thought of making snow”bricks”).  One was rather elaborate, with a window made of a sheet of ice, and a tunnel that opened up into a room. We’d hang out there for hours, WARM, because snow shelters curiously are, spinning fantasies that went far beyond our crude hut…

Copyright Joanna B. Pinneo

Copyright Joanna B. Pinneo

…though not as far as photographer Joanna B. Pinneo‘s images of an igloo being built at night on a native Polar bear hunt in Nunavut, Canada.

kids igloo [fld]

Today, walking around in the aftermath of the East Coast’s big snowfall, we came across two of these mysterious snow structures side-by-side: clear evidence of someone’s dreaming…

Sally Schneider

Sally Schneider

 

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