Man Builds a Life-Size Car Out of Snow, Fools Cops Into Thinking It’s Real

Snow Sculpture by Simon Laprise

When there's massive snowfall, there's not much you can do besides binge-watch Netflix in the comfort of your own home. With drifts measuring multiple feet high, it's hard enough to walk around the neighborhood, let alone drive a car. Snow crews work tirelessly to get people moving again, which is why you'll see that certain roads are off-limits for parking during storms. Most people adhere to these rules and move their cars. One Montreal resident, however, decided to have some fun and see if he could fool the cops patrolling the streets. Using only snow and a lonely windshield wiper, machinist and cabinet maker Simon Laprise constructed a snow sculpture that looks just like a DeLorean DMC-12, aka the car from Back to the Future.

Laprise's handiwork is beyond impressive. At first glance, it looks just like a car covered in a ton of snow. He piled and packed the powder so that when complete, it had a windshield, doors, and notches for the wheels. To further his illusion, Laprise even incorporated an actual windshield wiper into his work—just like something you'd find on a real vehicle drowned in snow. This, he tells VICE, was a “stroke of luck,” as he just happened to spot it when creating the faux vehicle. Once Laprise had finished his masterpiece, he simply let it be.

With this attention to detail, it's no wonder that patrol officers were actually fooled. A cop car made its way down the street and stopped at the snow DeLorean. After some investigation, another patrolman arrived to look at the car, with their inquiries all caught on camera. The hilarity of this—along with Laprise's incredible snow-craft—led the photos to go viral. And that wasn't the only part of this story to gain internet fame; the cops left a ticket on the car that read, “You made our night!!!”

We have a feeling that we'll be seeing a lot more snow DeLoreans on the street after the next big storm.

After a massive snowstorm in Montreal, Simon Laprise decided to have some fun and fool the crews who plow the streets.

Snow Sculpture by Simon Laprise

In certain areas of the city, it's illegal to park a car on the road during snow removal.

Snow Sculpture by Simon Laprise

Laprise constructed a life-sized replica of a DeLorean DMC-12, aka the car from Back to the Future.

Snow Sculpture by Simon Laprise

The snow sculpture looks like the real thing…

Snow Sculpture by Simon LapriseSnow Sculpture by Simon Laprise

… real windshield wiper and all.

Snow Sculpture by Simon LapriseSnow Sculpture by Simon Laprise

It's no wonder that the snow art fooled not one…

Snow Sculpture by Simon Laprise

Photo: Maxim Tot

… but two sets of cops!

Snow Sculpture by Simon Laprise

Photo: Maxim Tot

They were good sports about it, though, and left this note.

Snow Sculpture by Simon Laprise

Translated, it reads: “You made our night!!! HAHAHAHAHA :)”

Simon Laprise: Facebook
h/t: [Reddit]

All images via Simon Laprise unless otherwise stated.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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