Simon Beck Snow Art
For English land artist Simon Beck it all started when he bought an apartment in French Les Arcs in 2004. One evening, after the lifts closed, he went onto the little snow covered lake, plotted 5 points in a pentangle; and joined them up to make a star. He then filled in the 15 triangles that resulted and later added some circles and the result was impressive. When fresh snowfall covered the design he did another more complicated design. It took a while for the idea to take off. “Without snowshoes it was too physical and I abandoned it, and I didnt have a digital camera nor was there internet in Arc2000”.
“When I bought a digital camera I liked taking photos and sharing them on the internet, I used to post pictures on www.lesarcsnet.com. Most of this activity takes place in the ski resort of Les Arcs, where I own an apartment and spend most of the winter. On average they take about 10 hours to really do it properly, some are a little unfinished, if my feet get cold or hurt too much. Curves are either judged or arcs of circle using a clothes line attached to an anchor at the centre”.
“Designs are chosen from the world of geometry or “crop circles”. Some are named eg Mandelbrot set, Koch curve, Sierpinski triangle are 3 of my favorites. There is a lot of comparison with crop circles. for a good result is needed the following: Sunshine on the day of taking photos, an aircraft for photography, No shadows on the design, Low wind, Untracked site, reasonably uniform depth of snow, The right sort of snow (powder is best).