A dusting or a blizzard ― the white stuff can remake the familiar.
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It can feel like a sort of magic: a dusting of snow, a mantle of white, or just some flakes falling from the sky can transform an everyday scene into something utterly new. When it comes to statues and sculptures, meanwhile, that transformation can be dramatic or subtle, humorous or downright creepy. In an uncanny way, a bit of snow can almost seem to bring a statue, briefly, to life. Pictured: A statue of Mahatma Gandhi in New York's Union Square, February 9, 2013.
VCG/VCG via Getty ImagesStatues covered in snow in Jilin, China, November 2013.
SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty ImagesA statue of architect Vladislav Gorodetsky (1863-1930) covered with snow, December 28, 2010, in Kiev.KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty ImagesThe Korean War Memorial, March 3, 2014, in Washington, DC.Viktor DrachevLenin statue, Belarus, 2016.
JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty ImagesA statue in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, January 2017.TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty ImagesThe "Fearless Girl" statue on Wall Street, New York City, March 2017.PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty ImagesLight snow rests on the hats of statues, part of the sculpture, "Breadline" (created by George Segal), in Washington, DC. March 2007.
Chesnot/Getty ImagesA dusting on shoulders in Paris, February 2018.Jean Marc CHARLES/Gamma-Rapho via Getty ImagesSnowfall in Paris, January 2009.SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty ImagesStatue of the writer writer Sholem Aleichem, pen name of Solomon Naumovich Rabinovich (1859 –1916), Kiev, 2012.
PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty ImagesNotre-Dame Cathedral, Paris, February 2018.The Asahi ShimbunGlover Garden in Nagasaki, Japan, January 2016.Christopher Furlong/Getty ImagesSnow covers the beach and a statue at Antony Gormley's art installation, "Another Place," at Crosby Beach in Liverpool, England, February 2018.
Niall Carson - PA Images/PA Images via Getty ImagesSnow covers a statue of Sir Ernest Shackleton in County Kildare, Ireland, close to where the polar explorer was born in 1874.TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty ImagesA statue of Gertrude Stein (1874-1946) in the snow in New York City's Bryant Park, March 21, 2018.Andy Butterton - PA Images/PA Images via Getty ImagesSherlock Holmes' statue outside the Baker Street tube station in London, 2003.
BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP/Getty ImagesA statue of George M. Cohan, Times Square, NYC, February 2017.Boston Globe/Boston Globe via Getty ImagesSnow blankets the statue of Plymouth Colony governor William Bradford at Coles Hill on the Plymouth, Mass., waterfront, March 10, 2017.Boston Globe/Boston Globe via Getty ImagesThe Ted Williams sculpture at Fenway Park in Boston, February 2017.