Simon Beck, a self-employed map maker from France has taken up a new winter sport: snow art. With a pair of snowshoes he sets out to create beautiful geometric patterns in the snow. Taking him typically over 5 hours to create, his intricate patterns are large and can cover several soccer fields.
“I have never seen anything comparable made by anyone else, but they aren’t hard to do. Good exercise, yes, but not particularly difficult. I have placed it in the walking category as they are made by walking about in snowshoes.
They are made by a kind of reverse orienteering. The main lines and points are surveyed using a sighting compass (as used for surveying orienteering maps), with distance either by pace counting or string. 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” – Simon Beck via his Snowart Group
He hopes to create time lapse videos of his work in the future.
You can view more of his work on his facebook page.