The Grand Haven Township resident spent most of Sunday using a basic snow shovel, a spray bottle with paint and his hands to create large snow sculptures by his home on the corner of Pinewood and Stillwater drives.
“I figured the neighbors would like something to look at,” he said.
The 58-year-old man carefully sculpted a large version of a bronze eagle — his inspiration, he said — that sits on the deck of his home. The 23-foot wingspan and nearly 6-foot-tall eagle came to life in about two-and-a half hours. Christian said moving snow to his neighbor’s yard across the street took the most time.
Christian said he also created a large skull on the corner of his property, but it was removed after the massive amounts of snow from the roads created piles too large for motorists to see around.
After about 45 minutes Sunday, another sculpture came to life outside Christian’s home. He said the green dragon-looking sculpture started off as a rhinoceros, but part of the snow collapsed around its horn, so he painted it green. Its eyes are made of snowballs.
As Christian worked, between 50 and 100 curious neighbors stopped by to comment and take pictures of his art. Christian said it was fun.
“Once I got started, I couldn’t stop,” he said.
Neighbor Mary Wright said she took a friend past the artwork.
“It’s amazing he could do that,” she said.
As snow remains in the forecast, Christian said he might make more snow art, such as creating a fire scene around his cleared-out fire hydrant.
“Stay tuned for more,” he said.