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Illuminated snow sculpture featured in Long Lake

LONG LAKE - Artists Matt Burnett and Scott Fuller will be constructing an illuminated snow sculpture in Long Lake beginning this weekend.

The project, loosely titled "E-llumination," will entail molded sculptural forms in snow, highlighted by projected light. The work will be directed by the artists and will entail cooperation with local town resources.

Burnett, who is a native of Long Lake and known for his paintings and exploration of Adirondack Wilderness, has been working with Fuller on several large scale outdoor installations in recent years. The pair first collaborated in 2006 at Mt. Desert Island with kinetic sculpture for an outdoor invitational and then again in 2008 at Saranac Lake's winter carnival with a large scale illuminated ice structure.

The two artists, who met at Maine College of Art, have both long been interested in working with natural processes and environments. Fuller, who has been involved with a wide range of projects, has really enjoyed his recent work with snow.

"We have plenty of winter, plenty of snow and plenty of ice; rather then complaining about it and waiting it out for half the year, I love the idea of celebrating what is unusual and beautiful about winter," said Burnett. "I have been working with ice for some time and there is so much complexity and power in the way ice and snow form and dominate this time of year."

Both artists have shown their work regionally and internationally. Fuller was most recently a finalist for a sculpture contest at the Bejing Olympics, where his design for a monumental sculpture toured China.

For more information on the sculpture, visit www.longlake-ny.com.

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