Major Snowstorm Bears Down On New York City

Statues Transformed by Snow

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.

Statues covered in snow in Jilin, China, November 2013. VCG/VCG via Getty Images Statues covered in snow in Jilin, China, November 2013. A statue of architect Vladislav Gorodetsky (1863-1930) covered with snow, December 28, 2010, in Kiev. SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images A statue of architect Vladislav Gorodetsky (1863-1930) covered with snow, December 28, 2010, in Kiev. The Korean War Memorial, March 3, 2014, in Washington, DC. KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images The Korean War Memorial, March 3, 2014, in Washington, DC. Lenin statue, Belarus, 2016. Viktor Drachev Lenin statue, Belarus, 2016. A statue in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, January 2017. JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images A statue in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, January 2017. The "Fearless Girl" statue on Wall Street, New York City, March 2017. TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images The "Fearless Girl" statue on Wall Street, New York City, March 2017. Light snow rests on the hats of statues, part of the sculpture, "Breadline" (created by George Segal), in Washington, DC. March 2007. PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images Light snow rests on the hats of statues, part of the sculpture, "Breadline" (created by George Segal), in Washington, DC. March 2007. A dusting on shoulders in Paris, February 2018. Chesnot/Getty Images A dusting on shoulders in Paris, February 2018. Snowfall in Paris, January 2009. Jean Marc CHARLES/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images Snowfall in Paris, January 2009. Statue of the writer writer Sholem Aleichem, pen name of Solomon Naumovich Rabinovich (1859 –1916), Kiev, 2012. SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images Statue of the writer writer Sholem Aleichem, pen name of Solomon Naumovich Rabinovich (1859 –1916), Kiev, 2012. Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris, February 2018. PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris, February 2018. Glover Garden in Nagasaki, Japan, January 2016. The Asahi Shimbun Glover Garden in Nagasaki, Japan, January 2016. Snow covers the beach and a statue at Antony Gormley's art installation, "Another Place," at Crosby Beach in Liverpool, England, February 2018. Christopher Furlong/Getty Images Snow covers the beach and a statue at Antony Gormley's art installation, "Another Place," at Crosby Beach in Liverpool, England, February 2018. Snow covers a statue of Sir Ernest Shackleton in County Kildare, Ireland, close to where the polar explorer was born in 1874. Niall Carson - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images Snow covers a statue of Sir Ernest Shackleton in County Kildare, Ireland, close to where the polar explorer was born in 1874. A statue of Gertrude Stein (1874-1946) in the snow in New York City's Bryant Park, March 21, 2018. TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images A statue of Gertrude Stein (1874-1946) in the snow in New York City's Bryant Park, March 21, 2018. Sherlock Holmes' statue outside the Baker Street tube station in London, 2003. Andy Butterton - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images Sherlock Holmes' statue outside the Baker Street tube station in London, 2003. A statue of George M. Cohan, Times Square, NYC, February 2017. BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP/Getty Images A statue of George M. Cohan, Times Square, NYC, February 2017. Snow 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 Images Snow blankets the statue of Plymouth Colony governor William Bradford at Coles Hill on the Plymouth, Mass., waterfront, March 10, 2017. The Ted Williams sculpture at Fenway Park in Boston, February 2017. Boston Globe/Boston Globe via Getty Images The Ted Williams sculpture at Fenway Park in Boston, February 2017.
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