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Snowshoe Art

Postby sgladbach » Fri Jan 11, 2013 11:44 am

If you're not into winter summits, maybe "Snow Quilts" are your thing!

"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.
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"
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Re: Snowshoe Art

Postby MonGoose » Fri Jan 11, 2013 12:06 pm

I saw something similar a few years back on Loveland Pass, next to beside A-Basin. It was awesome!
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Re: Snowshoe Art

Postby globreal » Fri Jan 11, 2013 12:21 pm

No, snow quilts are not my thing...but WOW! It's amazing how he can do them so perfectly.
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Re: Snowshoe Art

Postby Lemmiwinks » Fri Jan 11, 2013 1:06 pm

Artists have way too much free time.

That must be so demoralizing for the artist when temps get above freezing.
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Re: Snowshoe Art

Postby unclegar » Fri Jan 11, 2013 1:52 pm

Incredible! The next to last one makes a nice 3D image if you slightly cross your eyes. (or start to fall asleep while looking at it) :-D He's taking credit but I still think they're from aliens. :roll:
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Re: Snowshoe Art

Postby RoanMtnMan » Fri Jan 11, 2013 2:23 pm

This is the most beautiful "Snowshoe Art" I have created. Sorry, couldn't resist.

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Re: Snowshoe Art

Postby dsunwall » Fri Jan 11, 2013 2:32 pm

RoanMtnMan wrote:This is the most beautiful "Snowshoe Art" I have created. Sorry, couldn't resist.


ha, verrrrrry funny.

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