For their seventh year, the Bartz brothers of New Brighton are set to reveal a new snow sculpture. Brothers, Austin, Trevor and Connor started creating the frozen works art in 2012, each of different and unique sea creatures. They have been pulling 16+ hour days to get their new sculpture completed. And thanks to fans on Facebook the new sculpture has a name... A giant snow lobster named "Diggs" and I think we can all guess where that name comes from.
The brothers have been at it for 7 years now and it all started when Austin caught a puffer fish in Florida while on vacation one year. He says, "we thought, Oh, that would be cool to make out of snow." "It was just kind of a brotherly bonding activity. Something we could do in a day. And then eventually it just escalated more and more," Trevor added.
The idea snowballed. Over the years, as they've created a pufferfish, walrus, shark, turtle, octopus, fish and now a lobster.
Due to our lack of snow this year it almost didn't happen however. "We just kept pushing it back and back and basically it came to this last snow storm and we thought, 'If we don't get two to three inches, there will be no way,' and we got just enough that they could plow and get big enough piles," Trevor said. "If it would've been a day later, we wouldn't have been able to do this. So it was just perfect timing to still be able to complete it." The brothers have been able to work quicker with the help of friends and family. What typically takes them two and a half weeks, they're pulling off in five days. Just in time for Super Bowl 52.
The number one reason why they do this every year is to help raise money for charity. This year they are raising money for clean water through the organization One Day's Wages. One hundred percent of the donations (after credit card fees) go directly to projects that empower people to gain access to clean water and sanitation education.
The unveiling of the snow lobster took place Tuesday night and is now up for display at 2777 16th Street NW, New Brighton, Minnesota.
"Diggs" the lobster now joins the likes of the brother's other sculptures, seen below. Above watch the video of it's creation.