This snow sculpture entitled "Knitting Family Poems" was created for the 2007 Ottawa Winterlude National Snow Sculpture Competition by the Alberta team of Brian McArthur, Dawn Detarando and Will Truchon (it received the People’s Choice Award).
This is what the artists have to say about their piece:
"These two great hands knitting are symbolic of an essential activity that was typically passed down by generations of grandmothers, mothers, daughters and friends. This act of love and necessity brought families together for conversation by the fire, kept farmers warm during winter and made outdoor activities enjoyable, as knitted garments offered protection from the cold. The poem that adorns the garment provides lyrical play, describing the pleasures and trials of life during winter in this great country."The poem on the front of the knitting reads,