Thursday, December 13, 2012

Snow Quilts - Wow!

These are pretty amazing. You've got to wonder how, at ground level, he can see what he's creating well enough to be sure that it will be symmetrical. 
Snow Quilts 
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 f or 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.  Interestingly enough, he said, ''The main reason f or 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!

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