City man uses snow as sculp­ture medium

Serve Daily - - OBITUARIES - By Jeff Carter

Jerry Gard­ner in Springville has a unique way to melt away the win­ter blues. He lives at 300 South and Canyon Road in a cozy lit­tle house tucked back in the trees. At this time of year, the house may be even harder to see; if con­di­tions are right, your view is in­ter­rupted by bright, col­or­ful snow sculp­tures out near the road that are cre­ated by Gard­ner.

Dur­ing our in­ter­view, a car­load of peo­ple stopped to snap a quick pic­ture of one of his lat­est snow cre­ations, a King Kong sized-head peer­ing from un­der a new blan­ket of white snow. Next to that is a ren­di­tion of Un­cle Sam.

Gard­ner makes these amaz­ing and very tem­po­rary works of art, he said, to cheer peo­ple up who may suf­fer from sea­sonal de­pres­sion or just get a lit­tle down by the grey months of win­ter. Be­sides snow sculpt­ing, he also does oil paint­ing, sculpts found ob­jects, paints mu­rals and is an air brush artist. Some of his works can be seen at the new Strap Tank Brew­ing Co., La Ca­sita restau­rant, Side­car Café and Leg­ends Mo­tor­cy­cles in Springville.

He grad­u­ated from Provo High School as a Sterling Scholar, stud­ied art at Brigham Young Univer­sity and then grad­u­ated from Utah Val­ley Univer­sity in col­li­sion re­pair. He is now self-em­ployed and cur­rently pur­su­ing one his many pas­sions: restor­ing an­tique show cars.

Gard­ner has been mak­ing snow sculp­tures for about 30 years. This year, he has had plenty of ma­te­rial to work with. Drive by to see Gard­ner’s lat­est cre­ation.

To view more pho­tos of Jerry Gard­ner’s snow cre­ations, visit www.servedaily.com where a va­ri­ety of pic­tures will be posted cour­tesy of Dave Hen­nessey.

Springville res­i­dent Jerry Gard­ner en­joys cre­at­ing whim­si­cal sculp­tures out of snow each win­ter in front of his home. Here, a dragon cre­ated by Gard­ner is shown.

Snow sculp­tor Jerry Gard­ner is shown seated on one of his sculp­tures.

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