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Friday, March 30, 2012

"Snow Quilts"

I don't often pass along things on my blog that have come from emails..but sometimes there is just something sooo good that I cannot resist... and today is such a day. The email came from my friend Gail who got it from Lee, who got it from someone at KVQG.. and so on. I posted it this morning on our Guild Blog... But you may not go to any of those blogs so I thought I'd add it here too. I think it will inspire you, and make you smile. I hope so....

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!

All I can say is Wow!!! When I "googled" Simon to see if I could find more info, I found his Facebook page, which has even more photos... Check it out!! Gives a whole new meaning to "walking in a winter wonderland" doesn't it?


"Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius." ~Pietro Aretino


Pamela Gordon said...

Wow indeed! These are amazing, and very beautiful, snow designs. How does he plot them out anyway and get them so even? Thanks for sharing this. Did you find the eyebrows quilt pattern yet? Pam

Marie Alton said...

Hi Linda! OMG ... how cool is this??? It's art in a whole new medium ... snow! Who knew how awesome it could be?

Mesmorized by the complexity of the designs ... and thanks so much for the incredible find.

What eye candy!

Hugs ... Marie

Gwen Buchanan said...

Wow.. that is an amazing amount of stamping ones feet... but the beauty is out of this world.. I would love to know how he does it with something so large.. how does he figure out the proportions?

libbyquilter said...

really incredible~!!~
i'm the newsletter/blog person in my local guild and i would love to put this in for others to see.
i'll have to give it a google and see what comes up. thank you for sharing and yes~! what great exercise it must be~!!!~


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