Snowzilla takes Anchorage Alaska Again
What is white, cold and 25 feet tall with carrot nose?
Well, it's a snowman of massive proportions sitting on Billy Powers front lawn in Anchorage, Alaska. This monumental creation started appearing 3 years ago.
For the last three years, Snowzilla _ to the delight of some and the chagrin of others _ has been a very large feature in Powers' yard. In 2005, Snowzilla rose 16 feet. He had a corncob pipe and a carrot nose and two eyes made out of beer bottles.
This year, Snowzilla is estimated to be 25 feet tall. He's wearing a black stovepipe hat and scarf.
'Have you seen him?' Powers asked when reached by telephone at his home, the sound of excited children in the background. 'He's handsome.'
Snowzilla has consistently risen outside Powers' modest home. His children _ he is the father of seven _ collected snow from neighbors' yards to make the snowman big enough. Each year, Snowzilla got a bit bigger.
Not everybody in the neighborhood liked all the cars and visitors who came to see him.
City officials this year deemed Snowzilla a public nuisance and safety hazard. A cease-and-desist order was issued. The city tacked a public notice on Powers' door.
City officials said the structure increased traffic to the point of endangerment and that the snowman itself was unsafe.
So does Billy have the right to create a giant snowman or does the neighbourhood have the right to a safe street, not clogged with traffic?
Well the question of rights might be put on the table and www.snowzilla.org is trying to raise funds in preparation of a lawsuit. Paypal anyone?
Check out the interview with Billy Powers here.
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