Artist Simon Beck must really love the cold weather! Using snow as his playground he wears raquettes (snowshoes) and creates awesome artworks. If you jaw has not dropped yet, just think of it this way. He literally works 5-9 hours a day walking in order to create his pieces. Along the frozen lakes of Savoie, France, he spends days mapping out the ideas.
Each final piece is typically the size of three soccer fields, if not more. His main focus is on mathematical geometric forms which usually create a stunning 3D like effect when viewed from high altitudes. As you might have guessed, the survival of his work solely depends on the weather. Beck tries to redesigns the patterns as new snow falls.
Making a snow angel is easy. Try making a snow dragon like the one Simon Beck created! This snow lizard was seen in Yakutsk, Siberia. Beck, an orienteering fan, uses snowshoes and compass to make all of his creations. The dragon was made for a movie called "Drakony".
Sometime luck does not go his way and he is often unable to finish a piece. But that doesn't get him down, the main reason of his art is exercise!
"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." Simon Beck
Apart from creating snow art, some of Back's personal interests are orienteering, bell ringing, walking, skiing, mountain biking, running, and surveying. We really think Simon's work is inspirational and unique.
Beck came up with the idea of making snow murals when he was tired after skiing one day, but still wanted some exercise (for his orienteering). He went outside and walked on a lake until he had created a fabulous star. Beck begins from the center of the would-be mural, uses a compass to plan out points and straight lines. He says that curves need the most practice.
Simon Walks Over Layers of Fresh Snow in Special Shoes to Create his
He Can Easily Walk for Miles Just to Create one Design
But the results are worth all of the Effort. In Fact, they are Mesmerizing
Simon Creates Art Knowing it Could be Gone the Very Next Day
These Delicate Patterns Were Created in the Beautiful Savoie Valley in France
Overlooking Mont Blanc
Simon Found Spaces in Between Lodges and Mountains at the
Les Arcs Ski Resort to Create his Masterpieces
He Creates Large, Mathematical Patterns that Have Different Effects
when Viewed from Different Angles
At different times during the day, his creations will look different. It's just hard to believe that he spends countless hours making these amazing pieces of art, only to know that they will be gone from this world within a matter of hours or days.