Snow Sculptures Recreate Easter Island's Famed Landmarks

Created: 02/13/2014 3:55 PM

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Mason City family has attracted attention from neighbors for recreating a famed stone statute with the use of snow.

Paul Hertzel and his three adult daughters recently constructed an 8-foot tall by 4-foot wide replica of a giant Easter Island head known as a moai statue. The piece is in front of the family's home.

Hertzel tells the Mason City Globe Gazette that it took months for the family to pack snow down in large forms of plywood. It then took less than three hours to shape it. They first created a replica of their idea on a miniature scale with bars of soap.

Thousands of tourists visit Easter Island in the South Pacific each year to visit the famed stone statues.

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Paul Hertzel and daughters Ivy and Keely view their snow sculpture.
Courtesy Mason City Globe Gazette