Caught up with Nikola Faller at Tvrđa this weekend. The sculptures were still standing even after last night’s rain that slowly turned into Ice rain.
What was the length of time that it took to build a sculpture?
The snow sculptures this weekend took on average about 4-5 hours with the constant change in weather. There is also the prep-time in packing the snow which is needed before it is even ready to start designing. Once packed with blocks of snow is settled than the work starts.
Unfortunately, he said that one of the bigger Sculptures did not make it overnight. It is the weight of the snow as it gets to heavy and starts to bend.
Below is a close up of sculpture one can see the cross hatching technique using various tools to add depth. The amount of detail is amazing to see up close, and with the colder weather helping. Over the past few days other sculptures were built inf front of Tvrđa. His passion for detail and building can been seen through his work. Nikola has had great conditions for building in Osijek and with the snow and ice rain.
This weekend brought out crowds of people living in Osijek and visitors to Osijek had a great time enjoying these sculptures after a large accumulation of snow. With a chance for them to have the opportunity to stand beside the massive sculptures and enjoy them before the weather starts to get warmer.
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Nikola Faller is the organizer of the Slama Land Art association has been known for his many Sculpture that is built out of Straw during the Summer month but to see something like this made out of snow is rare as winters appear to be warmer.