Snow Art by Simon Beck

British artist Simon Beck created large-scale snow circles around the Les Arcs sky resort, in the French Alps using only his feet.

"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."

The intricate patterns are huge, some span the equivalent size of six football pitches.

He spent up to ten hours a day trudging around a French ski resort to complete just one of these patterns.

"I usually keep at it until I get too tired, using a headlamp if it gets dark first. It takes typically until I can't go on, but that can depend."

"The setting-out serves as the warm-up then the real training is completing the design. Once this second stage is started, I put on my personal stereo."

First he draws a sketch of what he wants his snow artwork to look like. He uses what he describes as a 'kind of reverse orienteering' to plot his intricate paths before walking along the route in a pair of snowshoes.

Then he starts looking for wide snow-covered areas that has a low risk of avalanches and where tourists won’t ruin his work before he gets a chance to take a photo of it. If it’s a frozen lake, he will make sure that the ice is thick enough to trample on.

He uses an orienteering compass, measuring tape and a pair of snowshoes, to turns the hills and frozen lakes around Les Arcs into geometrically-perfect immaculate masterpieces.

"The main lines and points are surveyed using a sighting compass (as used for surveying orienteering maps) with distance (established) either by pace counting or string."

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