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Stuff That Weighs More Than Me: World’s Largest Santa Snow Sculpture

Check out this magnificent snow sculpture, reported to be the largest ice/snow sculpture of Santa in the world.  The sculpture was created in Harbin China (where the temperatures can dip down as low as -35 degrees Celsius or -31 degrees Farenheit) to celebrate the city’s world-renowned ice festival.  The huge Santa is the star attraction of the festival, expected to draw over 800,000 visitors between mid-December and February.

There’s little question that this particular Santa is huge.  Just how huge is he?  Glad you asked!  Here’s the stats:

Height: 80 ft.

Length: 525 ft.

Now the question of weight.  The sculpture is estimated to contain over 13,000 cubic meters of snow.  This works out to about 459,091 cubic feet.

The weight of a cubic foot of snow varies widely depending on the water content of the snow.  According to the University of Arkansas paper, “Ice and Snow Accumulations on Roofs”

“The water content of snow may range from 3% for very dry snow to 33% for a wet, heavy snow to nearly 100% for ice.”


Our Santa ice sculpture is clearly closer to ice than dry snow, so let’s split the difference and say, conservatively, that the snow is 30% water.  That takes us to 137,727 cubic feet of water.  A cubic foot of water weighs 62.4 lbs.

Soooo.  Final weight stats:

Volume: 459,091 cubic ft. of snow containing 137, 727 cubic ft. water.

Weight: 1 cubic foot of water 62.4 lbs.

Weight of World’s Largest Santa Sculpture (est.) 8,594,185 lbs. (nearly 4300 tons)

Conclusion: The World’s Largest Santa Snow Sculpture weighs more than me.


Stuff That Weighs More Than Me: Lenin’s Head (Sculpture)

So, we were furniture shopping on La Brea the other day with my fabulous friend Jim when we ran across this bad boy right out there on the street corner.  My husband’s first comment was, “How odd!”  Jim’s first comment was, “Well, that’s interesting!”  My first reaction was to squeal and demand, “Take a picture, because I just KNOW that thing weighs more than me!”**

The statue, called “Miss Mao Trying to Poise Herself at the Top of Lenin’s Head” is a work by the Gao Brothers, Gao Zhen and Gao Qiang, of China.

Fairfax By Night gives us more details about the piece:

As such a well known person, the artists’ decision to give his face a chrome finish takes the focus away from Lenin, and to the sculpture’s context by allowing the reflections to highlight the immediate surroundings instead of Lenin in an appropriately demeaning fashion. The staggered sections represent his broken and destructive legacy that brought so much turmoil to Russia. Atop is a very playful inclusion of baby holding a balance stick on top of Lenin’s protruding head, as if walking a tight rope of his disastrous and risky Marxist ideals.

So why, one might wonder, is there a giant bust of Lenin in Stainless Steel on the corner of 4th and La Brea in Los Angeles?  Apparently, it’s been installed in front of the ACE Gallery LA as part of The [Secret] Return of Noever show.  And now for what you really wanted to know…

Here’s the stats:

Materials: Stainless Steel constructed in horizontal sections

Depth: 13.79 ft.

Width: 19.67 ft.

Weight: 3306.93 lbs.

Conclusion: Lenin’s head weighs more than me!

**Please note.  Ginormous bust of Lenin on La Brea is considered an ironic look at a controversial dictator.  The Fat Chick bussing giant bust of said dictator should also be construed as ironic and not be taken as support for dictators, stainless steel or giant heads.  That is all.