Originally an orienteering mapmaker, 54 years old Simon Beck from Southern England, educated at Millfield School and Oxford University, got fond of expressing himself through gigantic snow “crop circles” look art. It all started once he bought an apartment in Les Arcs, French ski resort in 2004. Each creation takes around 10 hours of walking in snowshoes and covers a significant piece of frozen lake sometimes even size of 6 football fields.
The artist usually draw the design on a piece of paper before starting and as soon as he ready the only thing he is using outside is the handheld orienteering compass and pace counting or measuring tape, so he can determine the distance and set out the work. Beck usually gets inspired by world of geometry or “crop circles”, which he developed gradually through years of performing the snow art.
Simon’s work reminded us of the work of Jim Deneven who creates large scale sand drawings along the coasts of California, on the Dry Lake Beds of Nevada, even drawing on frozen water surfaces in Siberia.