World class snow carvers sculpting species at risk

Join us in Riding Mountain National Park and experience “There’s Snowplace like Home,” a collection of snow sculptures which will be carved throughout the park, showcasing selected species at risk.

There’s Snowplace like Home is a community project that celebrates art and science. Our artists explore how humans are connected to species at risk. They create their sculptures using the most natural material in a prairie landscape: snow. Many species at risk make Riding Mountain National Park their home. The park, along with local indigenous partners, are working to provide a natural setting for species at risk to survive. We create programs to identify and monitor these animals and protect their habitat. While you are enjoying these snow sculptures, consider how we can all create a better home together.

The sculptures are carved out of larger-than-life blocks of snow by teams of world class Manitoba snow carvers who have had their work exhibited across Canada as well as internationally. This sculpture collection blends art with science to convey the fragility of our species at risk, how we as humans interact and relate to them, and how to maintain the balance between nature and human development. The artists are focusing on four different species at risk: the monarch butterfly, western tiger salamander, barn swallow, and leopard frog. There are currently 28 species at risk in the park.

The Artists

 

Allan Fogg: Following diverse careers as a designer, Allan Fogg finally found his artistically expressive medium in snow. After several years learning snow carving from the ground up, Allan sought to combine graphic design with snow sculpturing. Team Snow Type resulted in which Allan partnered with the Dutch designer Wilco Lensink and others to transform typography and geometric forms into monumental sculptures here in Manitoba, Quebec and Switzerland. More recently Allan works together with his son Neil Fogg to create both abstract and figurative snow sculptures.

 

Jacques Boulet: a freelance Graphic Designer in Winnipeg. His work includes creating logos, branding, posters and all forms of print media. He has been a snow carver for 23 years, working on contracts for Festival du Voyageur and participating in their International Snow Sculpting Symposium. He has also carved in St. Paul, Minnesota, Whitehorse and sand sculpture competitions in Gatineau Québec. Jacques grew up in Southwestern Manitoba and appreciates nature and wildlife in all seasons.

 
Chris Pancoe

Chris Pancoe: a multimedia artist, with a penchant for working with clay and is the sculpture and ceramic technician for The University of Manitoba. He is often contracted to fabricate and/or design various projects that your average builder would be afraid to take on. Most recently, along with his wife Jennie O, they designed and built a suite in the famous Ice Hotel in Jukkasjarvi, Sweden. One of their designs was also recently selected as one of the the Warming Huts on this year's Red River Mutual trail as part of the international warming hut design competition. Chris enjoys making art, fixing broken items, drinking coffee out of a handmade mug, walking his dog and going on canoe trips with his family.

 

James Culleton: a Canadian contemporary multi-media artist, musician, and designer based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He specializes in drawing and sculpture, and his work has been exhibited across Canada and into the United States. He recently painted Manitoba’s largest mural at the Club Regent Casino in Winnipeg. His sculptures can be seen on the facade of the West End Cultural Centre in Winnipeg. In 2015, one of his furniture designs won a Pinnacle Award from the American Society of Furniture Designers. He enjoys using a waterjet, playing badminton and sketching at live music performances.

 
Jakobi Heinrichs

Jakobi Heinrichs: a sculptor and ceramic artist from the hinterland of southeastern Manitoba. He enjoys cold weather, hot coffee, and carving snow.