The winter of 2010-2011 was one of the worst winters in the history of Brattleboro, Vermont, with an astonishing total of 161.5 inches of snow. As April neared its end, there were still piles of snow on the ground all over town. I began to feel that I couldn’t properly enjoy the budding spring weather until I was sure that the snow was really and truly gone. I began driving the streets of town, photographing all the piles of snow I could find. I tracked the snow piles over the next weeks until I had documented the demise of each one. The last mound of snow to go was on Frost Street, appropriately enough. When all the other piles had melted, I planted a sign reading “The Last Snow In Brattleboro” at the Frost Street pile, and left it there to alert others that the end of our epic winter was finally at hand. I returned each day t!o monitor the snow pile until it disappeared for good. The installation of “The Last Snow in Brattleboro” consists of a large hand-drawn map featuring pop-out style photographs of the piles of snow indicating their locations, a photograph of the Frost Street pile, and the original sign that stood at the Frost Street location.
This is a handmade map of Brattleboro, Vermont. The location of each mound of snow is represented by an inkjet photograph that has been glued onto the surface of the map. The map was created using colored pencils, oil-based pens, whiteout and pencil. It is 44" x 96"
This photograph was made on Frost Street on April 28, 2011 (the day before the last pile of snow melted).