Art students make giant snow mural after blizzard in China

Art students created a giant snow mural on a basketball court in northeastern China.

More than 100 visual arts and design students from the Changchun Guanghua University in Jilin province used the snow to draw mascots for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

Footage taken on November 9 shows the students sweeping and shovelling snow off of the court, which served as the canvas for the sprawling masterpiece.

The snow art, which was themed ‘Together for a Shared Future,’ reportedly took 11 hours to complete.

Parts of northern China were hit by record snowfall this week, disrupting public transportation and sparking concerns over an unreliable power supply throughout winter.

A cold front moving from west to east across the country caused temperatures to plummet by as much as 14 degrees. Meteorological departments in China’s northeastern regions, where more than 20 inches of snow was reported, have raised a red snowstorm alert – the highest level in China’s four-tiered warning system.

State media said at least one person has died in Tongliao City, Inner Mongolia.

Local news magazine China News Weekly said the snowfall was the worst to hit northern China since 1951. Meanwhile, the national weather bureau forecasted the chill to abate over the weekend as the cold front weakens.