Mandalas high up in the snow

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.

© Simon Beck

© Simon Beck

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.

© Simon Beck

© Simon Beck

Beck tries to redesigns the patterns as new snow falls. 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

© Simon Beck

© Simon Beck

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.

© Simon Beck

© Simon Beck

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!

© Simon Beck

© Simon Beck

Apart from creating snow art, some of Back’s personal interests are orienteering, bell ringing, walking, skiing, mountain biking, running, and surveying. Simon’s work definitely is inspirational and unique.

© Simon Beck

© Simon Beck

Source:

Simon Beck’s Snow Art (Facebook.com/snowart8848)

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  1. Kifus

    Absolutely amazing! The patterns are not only beautiful but so perfect that it is hard to believe it wasn’t done by a machine! I wonder if he has the time to paint as well? I’m sure he would make stunning paintings, too!

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