It was President Trump shown as a collection of snowflakes — imagine that.
A competitor at the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition in Lake Geneva turned some heads with a sculpted likeness of the president that was less than flattering.
The message behind the sculpture had an even sharper edge.
Sculptor Dusty Thune said his image of Trump’s head with puckered lips atop a painfully twisted neck is meant to depict the president’s often-controversial comments on Twitter.
Because the president’s “tweets” seem lost and forgotten after just a few days, Thune said, he and his sculpting partners decided to dramatize the tweets in a chiseled block of snow.
“He says these terrible things that offend so many people, and then it’s just gone,” Thune said. “So we’re making a physical representation of it.”
Except for a lush flock of snow-sculpted hair, the 8-foot-tall sculpture dubbed “President Peep” does not present a clear likeness of the 45th president of the United States.
But spectators at the Lake Geneva competition figured out what Thune was showing — and what his art was saying.
“I think it’s pretty cool — very creative,” said Greg Licht of St. Charles, Illinois.
Sandy Thies of nearby Delavan said she welcomes a touch of politics at the snow sculpting event. Asked if Thune’s political statement could be offensive, Thies said: “I am not offended, because he’s making my political statement.”
Not everyone was so appreciative of the frozen work of art.
One spectator, who would identify himself only as “Tom,” heckled the sculptor by shouting, “I’d rather have him than Hillary.”
Tom later acknowledged that while he does not agree with Thune’s message, he supports the artist’s right to express himself.
“I’m a little disappointed,” he said. “But that’s what makes this a great country.”
The four-day competition in Lake Geneva culminated over the weekend with award announcements.
Thune, a school teacher from St. Paul, Minnesota, said his sculpting team took second place last year. His decision to get political this year, he said, met with surprisingly strong support among spectators in an area he thought was pro-Trump territory.
“It’s amazing,” he said. “They love that we’re taking a stand.”