Saturday, April 14, 2012

Simon Beck : Snow Art

Simon Beck is a dedicated outdoorsman who works 5-9 hours a day creating "land art" out of snow. 

 Among the frozen lakes of SavoieFrance, he spends hours or days fashioning the snow with raquettes (snowshoes), creating these hypnotizing images, some the size of three soccer fields!

 The motifs are geometrical patterns and shapes that create unique, often three dimensional pieces when they are viewed from higher levels.

Like sand paintings and all land art , the work is ephemeral ... the lifespan of these intriguing pieces being dependent on the weather. Beck designs and redesigns the patterns as new snow falls, sometimes unable to finish a piece due to these weather disturbances.

 Beck got started in an unexpected way. 

 Says he:  '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."    Magnificent art for the sake of exercise, 

A chacun son style!

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