See all those piles of snow all over Brattleboro? Those are really the heads of giant happy monsters, waiting for you to carve out.
This year, thanks to a grant from the Town Arts Fund, there are three $100 prizes available for the top three Snow Heads, Judged for 1) Goofiness, 2) Artistry, or 3) The level of delight that it causes.
For more examples and details, see www.universityofbrattleboro.com
All you have to do is carve out a Snow Head, take its photo, and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 15.
It is very easy to make a successful Snow Head.
1) The human mind interprets any two black spots as eyes. Take a couple of coconuts, and blacken them in a fire, (or you can use two eggplants. ) Carve a deep socket and stick them in the head. Volia. Eyes.
2) Carve a LARGE mouth. The bigger the features, the more easily people will see the face you want them to.
3) For artistry, you will want to take more time to carve in the details. Making a nose is a good idea, and nostrils that are dug in deeply are much easier to see.
Please do not use anything but snow and vegetable matter, (leaves, eggplants, coconuts for example)
Don’t climb up any dangerous slippery icy piles.
This is a fun project. And its fun to get a chance to win $100. But the most fun, I think, comes from knowing people are going to turn some corner in Brattleboro, and laugh when they are unexpectedly faced with… a big happy monster of snow.