Giant snow-sauropods of the
FairbanksSapporo Ice Festival
February 17, 2010
Hat tip to Open Dinosaur Project contributor Rob Taylor, who drew my attention to this photo of a huge and sauropodoriffic snow sculpture at [what I thought when I wrote this was] the Fairbanks Ice Festival:
(Copied from this page on phombo.com)
Is it real? I really hope so, but I have my doubts. That is a big, big sculpture, and you’d think that such a thing would be better known — my searches on the Internet have turned up only this photo and none from other angles or taken at other times. So I guess that suggests it could be photoshopped. But if it is, that’s OK: just means it’s art of a different kind.
We’ll be back with some proper science in a day or two — just thought you all ought to see this.
Update (later the same day)
The good news is, it seems this is legit: it’s confirmed by a different photo of the same sculpture from a different angle:
This picture is from The PhotoMann Travel Photography site’s Sapporo page, so it looks like the sculpture is, or was, in Sapporo, Japan, rather then Alaska, USA.
Another update (the next day)
Many thanks to commenters ech and MarkR, who found more photographs of the same sculpture and confirmed that it definitely was from the 2004 Sapporo Snow Festival, and not Fairbanks as originally advertised. I’m posting copies of those other photos here for posterity, since it’s nice to have them all in one place.