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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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shirley68

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful, Simon Beck is a very talented Artist, Thanks for the post, Jan.

bradjan

Hi PH thanks, why don't you try this.

pumpkinhead

So creative.

bradjan

Angel... You must be right, no other way to do this art. Hope Simon watches the weather channel and I know of noone who is that patient. Do You?

I would guess he uses a GPS. I know farmers use them to make designs in their fields and to keep the rows straight. It would just be so frustrating to have one almost done and ready for photographing and have sleet or rain come in! Grrrrrrrrr!!!
He must be the most patient guy. Probably well off, if he can spend so many hours walking in the snow.

bradjan

Puzz thanks for your name Michelle
It must a trick to do this without walking over your work and have everything perfect.

puzzaddled

I too am wondering how he managed to get those circles so perfect! Again, this is just so amazing...I'd love to be able to watch him work these. I guess I have to look and see if there is a vid posted! Thanks again, Jan. (Michelle)

JiggyBelle

Wonder what he used for the flat circles? Still, it's amazing!

pkin38

This is amazing.. love it ...

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