by Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Friday 13 December 2013

How do you know if you’re really committed to your art? Well, one good indicator is spending all day out in the freezing cold of winter trying to finish giant murals of geometric patterns in the snow. This is exactly what English artist Simon Beck does with his snow patterns. He painstakingly walks through miles and miles of snow, creating the pattern as he goes along. It’s amazing how he manages to keep track of his progress in the midst of fatigue and the temptation to just go inside, sit by the fire, and have a warm cup of cocoa.

The patterns, set against the untouched landscape, is absolutely beautiful and stunning. It’s a bit sad though to see it all melt away, but also exciting because we get to see Simon create new patterns next winter.

UPDATE: Before embarking on another snow pattern-making trip, we got to interview Simon about his fascination with snow art, and his process in making intricate patterns. Here’s an excerpt from the full interview.

How did you get started making snow art?
It started as a little fun after skiing one evening. Back in 2004, I was still taking orienteering seriously and used to train in the forests in the valley or hike up the Aiguille Rouge, the mountain above Arc2000, after the lifts closed in the evening.

One day I couldn’t be bothered but wanted a little exercise, so I got my Silva type 54 compass I use for surveying orienteering maps and went onto the little snow covered lake outside the building I live in, plotted 5 points in a pentangle and joined them up to make a star.

I then filled in the 15 triangles that resulted and later added some circles and the result was impressive, especially as there is a nearby chairlift that gives a bird eye view of the lake. When fresh snowfall covered the design, I did another more complicated design.

Via My Modern Met