Giant Snowman Talk of the Town
A giant snowman at the entrance of AR Gould Hospital in Presque Isle has been drawing a lot of attention to it recently.
The giant snow sculpture is approximately 28 feet high and has been showing up on social media with people posing in front of it.
The idea behind the huge mounds of snow came about from discussions between two groups within the hospital as a way to lift people's spirits during this snowy, cold winter. Other large snowman have been built in the past, but not recently.
The humongous Frosty was brought to life, so to speak, from the efforts of the hospital’s People Pillar Team and Employee Engagement Focus Group, as well as critical help from Caron’s Lawn & Property Maintenance, Inc. and Powers Roofing & Sheet Metal.
Scott Caron used his equipment to make the piles of snow to start things off, and he also cleared out the area where the snowman was being built so that the maintenance team did not need to wade through deep snow to work on the project. He then let the hospital’s team use a pay loader and snow blower for a couple of days. Then the construction hit a snag.
Woody Shaw, manager of the hospital's maintenance department, explained, “We built the snowman too tall. When we tried to move the head into place, the pay loader couldn’t lift it high enough. We tried to make it work and ended up breaking the first snowball and had to start again. We needed a plan B, so we reached out to John Powers to see if he could help us. He and a worker brought over their telescopic lift to help us get the head on.”
Powers estimates the head alone weighs about 2000 pounds, with the entire snowman weighing approximately 15 tons.
Completing the snowman's accessories are a traffic cone nose, lids from 5-gallon buckets for eyes and a 35-gallon garbage can for a hat.