Archive for Monday, February 25, 2013

Colorful creatures adorn Lawrence yards after recent snow storm

February 25, 2013, 3:29 p.m. Updated February 25, 2013, 4:44 p.m.


Hans Coleman, of Lawrence, created this "Snowtoad."

Hans Coleman, of Lawrence, created this "Snowtoad."

When the weather conditions are ripe, a peculiar and grotesque creature surfaces on Second Street in north central Lawrence.

He doesn't have a name, but his creator — 33-year-old Lawrence man Hans Coleman — simply calls him "Snowtoad."

The horned toad has adorned Coleman's front yard every year for the past five years. At least until he melts.

The Snowtoad is just one of numerous creatures piled up, and with the short lull in the winter weather, slumped over, on yards across town Monday. Lawrence residents created everything from Jayhawks, to cozy igloos, to a 6-foot snow replica of the Star Wars character Yoda. Or a "Snowda" if you will.

In North Lawrence, Caleb Bowen, 20, and his family eschewed uniqueness and went for size.

Bowen, with the help of a backhoe from his father's excavating business, built a 14.5-foot snowman, whom they call — what else? — "Frosty."

Frosty started as a few snowballs, and "it just went from there," Bowen said. And he's been scheming about how to take advantage of the new snow.

His plan? Make a Mrs. Frosty.


irvan moore 2 years, 7 months ago

there's a nice eagle on mass street on i think the 1400 block

bevy 2 years, 7 months ago

Come on, LJW - don't tease us with an article about a snowtoad and then not put the pic in there!

Shaun Hittle 2 years, 7 months ago

Our bad. A technical glitch, fixed now...

Shaun Hittle LJW

pizzapete 2 years, 7 months ago

That's a really impressive looking snowman. All this snow we've had lately got me thinking about some of the snowmen I built as a kid. I never imagined someone could build one so huge, but I guess using a backhoe makes it possible. I'll bet the neighborhood kids are in awe when they see that in person. Too cool!

mitavanam 2 years, 7 months ago

Paul Coker, who created the cartoon character "Frosty the Snowman" was born and raised in Lawrence. He is actually a very fine artist.

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