Archive for Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Yard art turning heads - at least until weather warms

Frosty flakes great for art

January 23, 2007


Give Craig Cochran a few inches of snow to work with, and he will sculpt an attention-getter in the front yard of his North Lawrence home.

"I've been doing this since I was a kid, and I'm 36 now," Cochran said Monday. "It's sort of a tradition."

Until the weather warms and the snow melts, Cochran's latest snow creation - a punk rock musician - can be seen in the 300 block of Elm Street.

Cochran, a carpenter who sometimes works as a club disc jockey, said it took him three hours to create the head Sunday after 3 inches of snow fell on Lawrence. A niece and nephew helped with the project, he said.

"I used a spoon to sculpt it," Cochran said. "The eyes are briquettes - mesquite."

Cochran thought about painting the pointy hair green but decided "it wouldn't be environmentally friendly."

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Cochran's snow sculptures have taken many forms in the past, he said. Dragons have been a favorite.

"You need a lot more snow for that," he said. "It doesn't snow around here like it used to."

Cochran's snow sculptures are a spinoff of his interest in art. He also paints and makes more traditional sculptures. He used to display his work at the now-closed Grimshaw Gallery in downtown Lawrence.

Now he displays his work on his lawn.

"A lot of people have come by and stopped to take pictures," he said.

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Katie Van Blaricum 11 years, 2 months ago

too bad they didn't get a pic of that snowman holding several cans of beer on 19th by Naismith. That was about the best snowman ever!!

Slav 11 years, 2 months ago

Wow, that's pretty f'ing amazing. I haven't seen an Indian sculpture that impressive since Bergen hung Ad Astra from the capitol dome.

salad 11 years, 2 months ago

I saw a couple that re-created some of the epic snowman series strips from Calvin & Hobbs: hillarious!

Sigmund 11 years, 2 months ago

Stunningly good photo's. Several made me giggle like a little girl!

Shawna Huffman 11 years, 2 months ago

Last night we watched a couple teenagers stop their van in front of our house, get out and kick our snowman over. After following them back to their apartment complex and a phone call to police, they were back in my yard putting it back together and apologizing to my 4 year old.

budwhysir 11 years, 2 months ago

I have a kink in my neck from turning around so fast. This must answer the question asked the other day about what people do on a snow day. Lets make art that will last for a few days then be gone. Imagine how much money you could make off that. I hope there isnt a building permit needed or an additional tax

lynnd 11 years, 2 months ago

shawna, that's awesome. good for you. i hope the teenagers learned a good lesson.

Sigmund 11 years, 2 months ago

Shawna, good on you! It's nice that the LPD took the time as well.

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