This landscape artist is making stunning snow artworks
The Alps are his canvas. Over the last ten years, alpinist and landscape artist Simon Beck has created dozens of stunning works of land art in freshly laid snow.
Using only a pair of snowshoes, Beck creates intricate patterns that cover an average area of 100m x 100m. The designs can take up to 12 hours to complete and sometimes require him to cover the distance of three soccer fields.
The artist started making the designs in 2004 as a way to stay in shape after an injury has left him unable to go running. Today, conceiving, planning, and executing the stunning patterns in the snow is Beck’s primary occupation; he takes commissions and has produced a book of his designs, and is currently planning to produce a second coffee-table-style publication.
Since he started making the designs 11 years ago, Beck has made designs all over the world.
« Drawing on the ground is a natural thing that people have been doing for thousands of years, so I don’t claim to have invented snow art. » – Simon Beck.
Simon Beck spent the majority of his professional life working as a mapmaker. As it turns out, his mathematical and orienteering skill-set is vital for his artworks. Beck uses only a compass and counts his paces to work outdistance.
« I motivate myself by thinking of all the people who have to work in boring offices and factories in boring cities and remind myself that I now belong to a small minority of highly privileged people who get paid for doing something they quite like doing. » – Simon Beck.
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