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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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mariolyn

I wonder if he has different raquettes that make other patterns. This one seems darker than the others.

monza006

Wow this is wonderful, thanks Jan for posting it :~)

bradjan

Michelle thanks for popping in, this is an exercise we should leave it up to this man. Rather go to the gym. mush warmer there.

bradjan

Jana my name is Jan not John. Do you have any real art ability or terrible like me? Bet you like the sidewalk art too.

Janazlouky

It's amazing John, I found it a few days before e-mail there's about 14 patterns. Unreal what people can do. Thank you so much for showing, it certainly will not do, I can not, nor can not understand how such a large pattern can do so perfectly.

puzzaddled

or exercise for the sake of spectacular art,now! Thanks again, Jan!

bradjan

Angel, plane or camera both are important to him. Would think plane because his camera is still working even if it does not take good pictures. by the way what is wrong with this picture anyway?
Jan, if you did this, wouldn't you hate to have a new snow fall the next day?

JiggyBelle

This is unbelievable. Just think of the hours!! What an interesting story, Jan! This beats the heck out of crop circles! Thanks so much for sharing the picture and the story!!

If you look at the bottom you can see the pattern of an older design that has been "erased" by new snow. I wonder if he will buy his own airplane after he buys his new camera. :-DD