Artist builds ‘Snorca’ in Freeland

Rob Schouten builds a
Rob Schouten builds a 'snorca' near his home in Freeland.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of Victory Lee Schouten

Local artist Rob Schouten made good use of the snowfall this past week by creating what he titled a “Snorca,” a snow sculpture of an orca, on the dead-end road near his home in Freeland.

Whidbey Island’s very own snowstorm struck Wednesday afternoon on Feb. 23 and overnight, dumping various amounts of white stuff onto local communities.

Some areas of the island were hit hard, while others escaped with a dusting.

Up to six inches of snow were reported in Langley and four inches south of Greenbank, with only skimpy accumulations in Clinton and Scatchet Head. Where Schouten was, between Freeland and Greenbank, he had about six inches with which to work his snow-mammal magic.

“If he had had more snow, he would have worked on creating a pod,” said Schouten’s wife, Victory Lee Schouten.

“He had so much fun,” she said.


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