Snow city opening in Tartu
Tartu City Government Press Release
22 February / A snow city has been completed in Tartu’s Kesk Park, next to the Kaubamaja (department store).
Fun can be had in a snow fort with five snow slides and two tunnels, and there are many beautiful snow sculptures to view.
According to Mayor Urmas Klaas, construction of the snow city is a good example of excellent Tartu-style cooperation. ‘Everything took place as a collaborative effort, with only a matter of days being required to move from idea to realisation. I believe that the newly completed snow city will become the most exciting playground for children this winter,’ said Klaas.
The snow city was completed under good cooperation between several institutions – with the solution and construction being provided by students and lecturers from Pallas University of Applied Sciences, who were also supported during construction by students from the Baltic Defence College. Tartu Kaubamaja and the city government provided financial support, while also coordinating construction of the snow city.
Construction of the snow city took three days and required 40 dumpers filled with snow, which were transported to the city centre from the old Raadi Airfield. Rapid construction of the snow city took place even in the coldest of temperatures, from 10.00 in the morning to 18.00 in the evening.
Twenty-five art students and several Pallas employees helped to build the snow fort. Under the guidance of the students from the sculpture department, the eye-catching snow sculptures ‘Kissers’ and ‘Anniversary’ were completed near the fort.
Vallo Nuust, Rector of the Pallas University of Applied Sciences, is satisfied with the work and praises those brave students who achieved a monumental result in defiance of the cold weather.
‘The idea of building a snow city originated less than two weeks ago, and the enthusiasm with which the partners joined in the project and contributed to the completion of the snow city is unparalleled. Many thanks to all of the partners who together made such a grand gift to the people of Tartu,’ added Deputy Mayor Raimond Tamm, who coordinated cooperation between the various parties involved.
Visitors to the Snow City are asked to follow the applicable restrictions and keep their distance.
Additional information: Deputy Mayor Raimond Tamm, Tel: 515-4738; Rector Vallo Nuust, Pallas University of Applied Sciences, Tel: 517-6185.
Last changed 22.02.2021