Houghton, Mich. (WZMQ) – Every February, snow sculptures take over Houghton during Michigan Techs winter carnival festival, a tradition that’s been going on for over 100 years.
This year the school brought in 2 professional snow sculptors with a serious resume. Professional snow sculptors Josh Jakubowski and his team. They are 3-time national champions and have competed at the international level.
The team which goes by Sculptora Borealis, has made its way to Houghton to give a workshop to Michigan Tech students as they prepare to make their own snow sculptures in just a few weeks.
The professionals are utilizing students to help them make their design, and according to the sculptors, the design isn’t an easy one Josh Jakubowski, the captain of the Team, said “It’s definitely a challenging one, but the weather conditions are right.”
Snow sculpting isn’t anything new to Houghton, but it might be seeing more of the sport in the future. There was some excitement about possibly bringing a professional event to the Upper Peninsula. “We’ll talk to some people who make decisions up here and see if we could get a competition wrangled up here.” Jakubowski says
The sculpture will take about 4 days of working around the clock to complete and afterwards the work will stick around for students and community members to enjoy.