Besides the staggering art found in cities, though, there’s also art made in nature. Simon Beck is an artist who, for the past decade, has been decorating the Alps with his stunning mathematical drawings that he creates by running in snowshoes across fresh blankets of snow. He is definitely the man of art “au natural.”
Beck’s masterpieces take up to 11 hours to create, and once each piece is finished, he will have walked a total of 25 miles. His innovative art adds another dimension to the Alps, taking what most people associate with snow sports and fondue to another level.
- He produces about 30 snow drawings every winter.
- He abides by the theory, “When you have a blank piece of paper you draw on it, so drawing on a blank snowfall seemed like a natural thing to do.”
- He prefers geometrical designs because they entail less tedious measuring, which, ultimately, means you can get to the fun part of creating more quickly, you don’t have to keep referring to a diagram, and you can create based on memory.
- He studied engineering, and later became an orienteering mapmaker. He also won the British Orienting Championships in 1974.
- Each snow drawing is created using only a compass and by counting footsteps.
The next time you find yourself on a guided skiing tour, may we suggest channelling Beck and creating your own geometrical snow art. All you have to do is dream (and design) big.