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Peace on Earth … and in snow

Susan Wood

Dan Thrift / Tahoe Daily Tribune/ Gary Truesdell builds a lighting box for his 7-foot-tall Christmas sculpture Sunday morning outside his Tahoe Vista Drive home.

Evidence of Gary Truesdell’s Christmas wish stands in front of his South Lake Tahoe home.

Truesdell, a self-trained sculptor, carved a 7-foot-high peace sign out of snow he rolled with his 13-year-old son, Cody, in his yard and from his street on Tahoe Vista. He estimated the giant snowball must have weighed more than 200 pounds and took about five hours to build over a few days.

The snow sculpture is so clearly defined, the wrinkles in the fingers are also carved into the piece. He said people have asked to have their picture taken next to it.

“It’s mainly a Christmas thing,” he said, as holiday music blasted from his house. He was working on an enclosure for a light that’s intended to shine on the sculpture. When it’s warmer, he adds snow and rubs it down regularly.

The construction worker, who works for Heavenly Mountain Resort’s building and maintenance department, has dabbled in different materials on various projects. This one appeals to the pacifist in him.

“Yeah” was his quick answer to whether he wanted world peace – whether the nation is in a state of conflict or not.

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This is not the first time he’s used snow to state his message.

When he lived in Colorado, he built a 15-foot snowman in Fort Collins that a limousine company put on its tour path.

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