Snowy octopus takes shape on shore at local park

Old man winter spread his tentacles into the Cowichan Lake area this week as a large colorful octopus appeared at Saywell Park.

Old man winter spread his tentacles into the Cowichan Lake area this week as a large colorful octopus appeared at Saywell Park.

The monster mollusk attracted a lot of attention from people passing by the park.

Tim Friesen and Massey Nomura have been making ice sculptures together for years. They are friends who grew up together and sculpt together.

You may remember the bear and the moose that the pair sculpted in December 2012.

The technique Nomura uses for his ice sculptures is somewhat unusual because once it is built, they finish it off by spray-painting the whole thing to make it more life-like. It took them about four-and-half-hours to complete along with help from Friesens daughter Zoe who Nomura says is a “great little helper,”

The trio wanted to add more ocean features to the octopus but by the end the snow was getting too wet to complete anymore of the sculpture.

They have other projects in mind for the next snowfall. Keep a look out for these talented artists.