The last masterpiece of the snow artist was years
Could crossword puzzles become a new winter sport? It turns out that for a Toronto resident, it is possible. Two years ago, Bob Greenfield went viral for masterful designs carefully crafted from the snow that collected on his family’s hockey rink. Most notable of these was a striking snow portrait of Leonardo da Vinci’s painting, the Mona Lisa, playfully nicknamed “Snowna Lisa,” which racked up thousands of views on YouTube and garnered media attention. international. Other notable snow sketches from Greenfield include a giant menorah to celebrate the start of Hanukkah in 2019, a drawing of Snoopy, cartoonist Charles M. Schulz’s beloved beagle, and the logo for the ever-popular Hamilton musical. This winter, he completed perhaps his most ambitious project to date: a 30-foot crossword puzzle with 71 words. Greenfield, a crossword enthusiast, first thought of the idea three years ago while solving a puzzle to pass the time on an airplane. Despite “immediately regretting the idea,” Greenfield essentially learned to create a puzzle from scratch and then turned that idea into a snowy design. After the idea had sprouted in his mind over the last few winters, all he needed was time, plus a little help from Mother Nature. Greenfield is working on his drawing of Snow Mona Lisa in 2019. The portrait has gained international attention. (Photo / Bob Greenfield, YouTube) However, it took a little while for the weather in the Toronto area to cooperate this winter, according to Greenfield. “The weather had been very uncooperative. We had some good skating this year, [the weather] was great for the ice, but we didn’t have a lot of snow until the end of January, ”Greenfield, 50, told AccuWeather. Since then there has been a lot of snow. “A first attempt to solve the puzzle earlier in the winter failed because there was not enough snow. The perfect amount of snow needed to create the snow patterns is only about an inch. or two, said Greenfield. Determined to complete this ambitious project, it took him about four hours on a late January to create the puzzle on the 40-by-30-foot ice rink that is often used by family and friends. for ice skating or hockey games. After completing the blank puzzle grid, he took pictures of it, before hastily carving the words into the drawing before it got dark, as he didn’t want to not risk that another snowfall overnight erase what he had finished. Greenfield has learned that being nimble is the key to creating designs as large and intricate, including one as involved as a huge puz of words. One of the biggest challenges Greenfield faces when he designs a new image on the rink is to watch where he is walking, so as not to accidentally spoil what he has just finished. Often, he will have to stop, get out of the rink to find his bearings and reassess how the drawing is going. For the crossword puzzle, he used a rectangular wooden cookie cutter block to go around the rink and stamp the blocks. He then grabbed a shovel to hollow out the black squares, while sharpening the edges with a hockey stick, which also served as a pencil for carving the letters. “Cutting out the black squares and climbing over them and making sure I didn’t fall over and erase or ruin anything else was really the part that took the time,” said Greenfield. “And, making sure everything was lined up exactly because if I had started from a square it would have ruined everything.” When Greenfield, who works as an employment policy consultant for a Toronto bank, started working on the puzzle, it was a “perfect” winter day, not just because there was enough snow. on the ground, but the temperature was below zero and there was not much wind. He said the lack of wind was “huge” because he placed small numbered cards, similar to those used for assigned seating at a wedding reception, around the puzzle to mark the different words. “Every time a cloud blew the wind seemed to pick up and I would freeze and think ‘I hope they don’t fly away’,” said Greenfield. “Fortunately, they stayed where they belonged.” Even though it has since replaced it with another design, the snowy crossword is living online through a website created by Greenfield, which provides the clues. This allows anyone who is interested to try to solve the puzzle on their own. About 100 people had completed the puzzle when AccuWeather interviewed Greenfield last month. “I first tried to make it a little more complicated for people more experienced in crossword puzzles, but then I said, ‘You know what, these clues must be a little easier, a little accessible. . ‘ And I hope it comes out that way, ”Greenfield said. Greenfield, who uploads most of his work to YouTube, shared a video on Twitter showing him creating and then solving the puzzle. Watch it below, but beware of spoilers if you plan to give the puzzle a try. And here is the solution. Last chance to play snow #crosswordpuzzle: https://t.co/YKi4jh0n8l pic.twitter.com/MoD1coktb4— Robert Greenfield (@rsgreenx) February 15, 2021 He’s always had a creative side, but considers himself more of a a craftsman rather than an artist since most of his creations are reproductions. He sees the hobby more as painting by numbers than painting. Greenfield said he has been drawing in the snow for almost a decade now. The original message that started this unique hobby was a short but sweet message to his wife. “I just did, ‘I love you,’ to my wife looking out the kitchen window and started to clear away the rest of the snow, and after doing that I realized there might be an opportunity to do a little more here. “CLICK HERE FOR THE FREE ACCUWEATHER APP He still appreciates the international attention he received two years ago, an experience he called ‘wild’, especially when his works appeared in articles by press that required Google Translate. As for future drawings, he has a couple in mind, including a potential Star Wars theme. Ultimately, he said that if he does about two drawings per winter, he considers it a success. “It was just a fun thing to keep me busy during the winter,” he said. “I also love hearing from friends and strangers, who tell me that ‘they can’t wait to see them [each] year. »Keep checking back on AccuWeather.com and stay tuned to the AccuWeather Network on DirecTV, Frontier, Spectrum, Fubo and Verizon Fios.