Who says you have to spend a snow day inside? After a wintry blast transforms the landscape
into a frozen wonderland, a sense of whimsy fills the air as Canadians of all ages venture
outside for fun in the snow! Many let their creative spirits soar by building a snowman; it’s a
timeless way to celebrate the joys of Canada’s coldest season and its northern climate, as
creatively depicted on the coin’s reverse.
On the reverse, Canadian artist Steve Hepburn presents a contemporary reinterpretation of a
classic winter scene. The view from above allows for a more playful perspective, as two
Canadian youth make the most of a snow day by building a snowman. Geometric shapes and
the deliberate choice of colours add elements of modern design; and yet, they evoke a strong
sense of nostalgia—especially in the concentric circles that form four evergreen trees, whose
swirled appearances are reminiscent of lollipops! Using cool-toned colours and engraving to
convey bright light and shadows, this layered design radiates with a light-hearted spirit that is
also reflected in the shadow engraved on the coin’s silver surface.
The aerial perspective gives the design its sense
of depth and dimension, and alters our
perception of the landscape itself—especially the
stylized evergreens, which have a candy-like
appearance when viewed from above!