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Snow Sculpture

A snow sculpture at the corner of 21st Avenue East and Fourth Street depicts an angel with her arms around weeping children. I was so moved that I had to pull over. Another bystander said this house does a snow sculpture every year but not usually one that makes so many want to stop and take a picture.

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  1. I also choked back tears as I drove past this on 21st Ave. E. today.
    Well done, Harry Welty.

    Dave P | Dec 17, 2012 | New Comment
  2. Yep, Harry Welty is well known for doing a snow sculpture every year. I know he had a big Trojan horse one year. He did one of Obama with the world in his hands a few years ago. He usually creates fun things — this year’s is certainly a bit out of the ordinary in that it is so touching and emotional.

    Tom | Dec 17, 2012 | New Comment
  3. I saw him out there sometime after 10 p.m. Friday. There were some lanterns lit in the yard, and he was standing on the sidewalk looking back at the house; it seemed like he was planning what to do. Perhaps the sculpture will light up at night? Also, I’m surprised there was enough snow because there didn’t seem to be that much on the ground at the time. Does he haul it in?

    Beverly | Dec 17, 2012 | New Comment
  4. I’ve seen Dr. Who. I’ve seen Dr. Who.

    adam | Dec 18, 2012 | New Comment
  5. Mr. Welty’s snow sculptures are one of my favorite parts of living in my neighborhood. This one is so sad.

    emmadogs | Dec 18, 2012 | New Comment
  6. I love this. This house has something fun every year, this warms my heart. Duluth is a great city. Love and Light…

    Holistic Path | Dec 18, 2012 | New Comment
  7. Harry Welty lives near me. As I was driving home last night, I noticed the ice sculpture with candles on it. I was so moved, it was quite lovely. I love his ice sculptures, they are always au courant. And he is a good neighbor.

    Claire | Dec 18, 2012 | New Comment
  8. Welty’s work is much more productive than any comment, article or news story I have seen regarding this tragedy.

    Dorkus | Dec 18, 2012 | New Comment
  9. He chose one of the images that haunted me as the news leaked out Friday.

    spy1 | Dec 18, 2012 | New Comment
  10. There was a group of school kids there yesterday after school, paying homage to their fallen comrades in Newtown. It’s most lovely at night, when the candles are lit.

    Claire | Dec 20, 2012 | New Comment
  11. I’m the web editor for Duluth Superior Magazine and we’d like to repost this on our website. (We’ll give full credit of course). Would that be ok? Please email me at

    duluthsuperiormagazine | Dec 20, 2012 | New Comment
  12. Someone left a teddy bear beside it.

    I thought I was done crying about this. Turns out, no.

    jessige | Dec 20, 2012 | New Comment
  13. There’s an impromptu memorial spreading out in front of the sculpture now. | Dec 21, 2012 | New Comment
  14. Every day I walk by it, every day someone has left something there…

    Claire | Dec 21, 2012 | New Comment
  15. I blogged on this once I noticed what he was doing with the snow he’d piled up for the first sculpture of this year and shared his previous work as well:
    Harry’s Creations over the years.

    Kudos Harry.

    ruby2sd4y | Dec 29, 2012 | New Comment

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