A Minnesota man has created this fearsome-looking Tyrannosaurus rex made out snow in his garden and which has quickly become a tourist attraction.
Paul Larcom, who lives in the city of Becker in the US state of Minnesota, spent 170 hours creating the icy creature in his garden, which has been attracting visitors over the last few weeks, with images being widely shared on social media.
It is not the first time Paul has hit the headlines for his snow creations. In 2019, he made a tribute to ‘The Dark Crystal series’, and 10 years ago, he produced ‘Han Snowlo’, a snow sculpture of the beloved Star Wars character appearing frozen in carbonite.
Last time, he sculpted a tauntaun, the non-sentient snow lizard that featured in ‘The Empire Strikes Back’, in his garden and which many people mistook for a dinosaur.
He said visitors were often left feeling “disappointed to find out it wasn’t” a dinosaur.
As a result, when coming up for ideas for this year’s snow sculpture, Paul decided to produce a large T. rex.
The finished sculpture took around 170 hours to produce over a three-week period and is 12 feet high and 23 feet long.
He then spent several more hours painting the ice sculpture to appear more like a roaring dinosaur.
Paul explained: “This year I wanted to do something big, so I thought I’d try a dinosaur this time and thought people might get a kick out of seeing it.”
He said he used two large sticks for the legs, which he then packed with snow before using another tree branch to support the sculpture “like a backbone”.
Paul said he also used sticks to support its arms and jaw, adding: “The rest I sculpted and shaped myself by hand with the use of a sculptor’s loop tool. That’s about it, no moulds or anything else.”
With many visitors arriving outside his house to view the impressive sculpture, Paul only asks them to be careful around the T. rex in case snow falls away, especially as the weather gets warmer.
He said: “Other than that, just have fun with it.”