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Artist Simon Beck must really love the cold weather! Along the frozen lakes of Savoie, France, he spends days plodding through the snow in raquettes (snowshoes), creating these sensational patterns of snow art. Working for 5-9 hours a day, each final piece is typically the size of three soccer fields! The geometric forms range in mathematical patterns and shapes that create stunning, sometimes 3D, designs when viewed from higher levels.
How long these magnificent geometric forms survive is completely dependent on the weather. Beck designs and redesigns the patterns as new snow falls, sometimes unable to finish a piece due to significant overnight accumulations. Interestingly enough, he said, 'The main reason for making them was because I can no longer run properly due to problems with my feet, so plodding about on level snow is the least painful way of getting exercise. Gradually, the reason has become photographing them, and I am considering buying a better camera.? Spectacular art for the sake of exercise!


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thanks this is really quite a different idea, we will probably see copy cats trying to do this. For you folks in snowland, give it a try and then post it.


Stunningly beautiful! Thanks so much for posting these, Jan. This is an amazing talent and what dedication. I imagine that this has become his his replacement for his "runner's high" and what a joy it is to share it with him.


Stunning! What an accomplishment. And it does this over and over!! WOW!


Wow, look at me way up on the board, #4 at (0:29). Look quick, I won't be there long! This is truly amazing BJ. I don't even know how people think up these great ideas! Thanks!


Very very beautiful....thanks Jan