Move over, Frosty.
When the northern Virginia-D.C. area got a healthy foot of snow late last week, some creative souls saw a motivated opportunity. This photograph appeared on the internet forum Reddit, showing a detailed snow sculpture in the parking lot of the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, Va.
The sculpture depicts the famous 1945 flag-raising on Mount Suribachi, which was immortalized in an AP photograph snapped by Joe Rosenthal. That image is also captured in the Marine Corps Memorial outside Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C., and served as the inspiration for the spire on the Museum of the Marine Corps. Thus, backdrop of the snow sculpture provides an elegant, even artistic, juxtaposition.
The sculpture’s creators added another patriotic touch: an American flag on a makeshift pole made from a piece of wood.
Update: according to the museum’s Facebook page, this sculpture is the work of active-duty Marines Tim Lewis and Derek Reynolds of Quantico, who completed the masterpiece in two days to honor veterans of Iwo Jima who visited the museum. Bravo Zulu, gentlemen!