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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Quilts in the Snow and Castles in the Sand -- Amazing Art!!

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. Interestingly enough, he said, 

'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. Spectacular art for the sake of exercise!

Amazing Castles in the Sand!  These are from an event that is held every summer in Cannon Beach, Oregon! They only last for one day -- until the tide comes in!



Dianne said...

the snow art is amazing!!
and one man does it all

This is Belgium said...

totally a ma zing !!

James said...

Amazing! Both the sand and the snow are beautiful but I have to admit I'd really love to jump in the snow right now. :)

TexWisGirl said...

breathtakingly beautiful in both mediums!

RuneE said...

Lessons in patience - and beauty. The two often goes together.

Mama Zen said...


Jack said...

Spectacular, Sylvia. Both forms of art. I have seen many illustrations of sand castles, but the patterns on the snow are entirely new to me. Very cool!

Oman said...

That looks so intricate. Great work by the artists. Have a nice day Sylvia :)

Linda Reeder said...

Wow! These are mind boggling.

cieldequimper said...

I'd never heard of the man. That's brilliant!

Trust me to be strange, I'd never heard of what's happening in Savoie but I did know about the sandcastle competition in Cannon Beach! I saw the poster ad for it when I was there, it was cute too, with a puffin on it.

Lovely post Sylvia!

lotusleaf said...

Great sculptures!

Nature Rambles said...

Fascinating forms of art! Working on the snow...hats off to the artist!

Judy said...

Looking at that first photo, before reading your words, I thought it was white embroidery on blue fabric! Amazing!!

Anonymous said...

What an amazing man.. glad he shares the beauty he makes with the world.

Great post.. have a happy weekend, sylvia.

roamingpursuits said...

Awesome forms in sand and ice.

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