Snow days are severe for a man in New Jersey.

Robert Schott has made epic snow sculptures on the front lawn of his Cranford home for years, and a perfect storm made it possible for him to build just 14 feet of Abraham Lincoln in time for the presidency. With a little help from two plywood tiers, Schott made a notable presentation of the iconic statue of the 16th President at the Lincoln Memorial, creating a local milestone that made national headlines.

Robert Scott has for years created epic snow sculptures on the front lawn of his Cranford home.

Robert Scott has for years created epic snow sculptures on the front lawn of his Cranford home.
(Robert scott)

In a conversation with Granthshala News, the artist explained how the vision has come to life, why Honest Abe gives a rant and suggestions for children to pursue their snowman game at home.

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14 feet high, the Lincoln tribute is Schott’s largest ice sculpture ever. The work took approximately 60 hours between Schott and a 10-man crew. The mission began on 31 January as snow began to fall, with the deployment of an 8-by-8-by-4-foot plywood form to catch flirts and ice shots from an ice blower. Snow continued to fall and a second level, measuring 6 by 4 feet 4, was brought on Tuesday.

With a little help from two plywood tiers, Schott made a notable presentation of the iconic statue of the 16th President at the Lincoln Memorial.

With a little help from two plywood tiers, Schott made a notable presentation of the iconic statue of the 16th President at the Lincoln Memorial.
(Robert scott)

By Wednesday, Schott began locking the ice “by hand” at the top of the mound and hit the all-important 14-foot mark.

“I’ll climb the ladder, climb the ice, climb down the ladder, bring another shovel, do this about 100 times,” he laughs. “That’s a lot of steps!”

“I get a stack there, and I have my design with me on paper, and I start putting it from top to bottom. That way, the top is the first thing that becomes recognizable, which is good. ” Explained.

The work took approximately 60 hours between Schott and a 10-man crew.

The work took approximately 60 hours between Schott and a 10-man crew.
(Robert scott)

After several hours of carving and shaping, Abe’s head and shoulders became clear on Thursday night. On Saturday, January 6, the snowfall was completed.

Inspired, Schott said he envisioned honest Abe art about five years ago, and had been hanging on plywood forms for four years, waiting for the right season.

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After several hours of carving and shaping, Abe's head and shoulders became clear on Thursday night.

After several hours of carving and shaping, Abe’s head and shoulders became clear on Thursday night.
(Robert scott)

“I intended it to be made during the crazy election with Trump and Clinton in 2016. The idea was, ‘Let’s be more civil and let’s consider what’s important, and the principles of leadership,” he said. said. “That’s what I had in my mind. But we haven’t had proper snow since then, so it never became.”

The stars aligned later this month, and even on February 12 for Lincoln’s birthday. 12. Seriously, it all (literally) happened with 20 inches of snow and four hot days in 30 days. As of this writing, Schott stated that his honest Abe is “brilliant.”

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The stars aligned in the last of this month, and even on February 12 for Lincoln's birthday.

The stars aligned in the last of this month, and even on February 12 for Lincoln’s birthday.
(Robert scott)

Regarding the carving figure, Scott said that it is much more than the sheer size of Lincoln that strikes people.

“Certainly the climate of our political world, resonates,” he offered. “This figure, the leader, resonates for a lot of people. So I think it was emotional for a lot of people.”

In a word of advice to aspiring children to make their own ice sculptures at home, Schott shared some helpful hints.

“After a good snow, you want the temperature to be between 35 and 45 degrees with the sun to hit, which makes it good to pack ice. My process is to fill the ice in one round, and dump it. Has to do, because the act already kills it by doing so, “he revealed. It is also useful for a physical object as a reference.

“You want to make a frog, get a toy frog and look at the frog. Then, do some measurements. Because if you get those measures, it will look exactly like you’re thinking.”

From there, basic gardening tools and a shovel are all you need to get going and bring your snow dreams to life.

“A lot of it is taking shape with your hands,” Schott said. “I wear comfortable gloves with heavy rubber gloves on them. It’s really important, staying dry.”

After the chilli temperature forecast and fingers crossed that the amazing Abe can stand in icy glory for a few more weeks, the artist is proud of greater influence.

He said, “It gives me such joy, how much our community enjoys.” “It is staring more than awe at something, people appreciate the ‘bright spot’ in winter.”