Garcia says he dreads the arrival of spring because he is a snow sculptor.
Grand Rapids, MI (WZZM) --After such a fierce winter, many people can't wait for the sun to come out and the snow to melt.
But not Stephen Garcia of Grand Rapids Township.
"It's really depressing when the sun comes out," he says with a laugh. "I curse it. The sun is my enemy."
Garcia says he dreads the arrival of spring because he is a snow sculptor. All around his house he creates art from piles of snow. This year a giant snow shark with gaping red mouth dominates his front lawn.
"I had a strange creativity but never could figure out how to use it," he explains. "When I moved here 12 years ago I started playing in the snow like a little kid and I figured out this is kind of artsy. People started stopping and looking."
Garcia puts in many hours of his free time making snow art on his lawn. He says it is hard work, but it gives him pleasure.
"Mostly just to see people laughing and liking it," he says. "I like to see people get excited by it."
After entertaining and amazing his neighbors with snow sculptures of dinosaurs, crocodiles, a fluorescent tiger and a surfing rabbit, Garcia suddenly stopped working in the snow 5 years ago.
He says he was tired, out of energy.
But this year he says there is so much snow, he couldn't resist going back outside.
"There was so much snow I didn't have to work that much to get a pile going," he says. "Now I want to regain my youth."