31 March, 2012

Snow Quilts


I received this as an e-mail recently and knew, immediately, that I had to share it here. It makes the one hour a day that I have been spending with Sundance seem meager (and lazy!) by comparison. 
Enjoy~
Life is Good!




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!




11 comments:

Gari said...

Oh, my, how beautiful. And impressive.

Salem Stitcher said...

Wow. That is so cool and slightly insane. I love it!

Shakerwood said...

Wow!! the only word for it!

sand said...

BEAUTIFUL, I would love to have a picture or poster to frame for my quilt studio! Debbie

Pen Pen said...

AWESOME!

Quiltdivajulie said...

Wonder how he does that without putting steps (and prints) in the wrong places?!?!?

Absolutely beautiful . . .

Carrie P. said...

that is so cool!

Janet O. said...

My son told me about this, and then I saw it on a blog. Amazing stuff!

Ancestor Collector said...

Just amazing!!

AnnieO said...

Totally amazing! Thanks for sharing.

Tanya said...

Wow, that is amazing. I'd like to see him at work!