The World's First Snow Artist: The Astounding Snowshoe Art Of Simon Beck
Howdy folks and greetings from the Great Plains of North Texas!
This is such a cool story. Simon Beck worked as a map maker in England for years but was rather miserable in his career. Before that he had worked other jobs as well and failed at all of them.
He said he was the guy people were always trying to figure out how to get rid of! So he must have been a failure with social skills as well.
Acting on a hunch changed his life
Then one day he was skiing and decided to try and do a drawing in a level patch of snow. He'd always loved to draw.
Well, it turned out great and people were freaking out about it.
So he did snow drawings in other areas and his work became a sensation and he started getting offers to come and perform his magic at ski resorts and national parks all over the world.
Here's a few of his creations:
The precision is impeccable. I like the way this one goes up the hill on the left side.
He uses alot of geometric patterns, most are done by just formulating the design in his mind.
They take anywhere from 11 hours to a couple of days to complete.
They only tools he uses are his snowshoes and pole.
It takes 45,000 steps in deep snow for a simple one which is a tremendous work out!
I can't get enough of these and the variety is amazing.
I really like this style of drawing.
He started out in the Alps but has gotten alot of work in the Northern United States the last few years.
One of my favorites!
This is a great way to show off his work since it has to be seen from above to be appreciated fully.
For more complex designs he maps them out and sometimes uses a compass.
His fame is growing
A New Zealand clothing maker called Icebreaker launched The Art of Nature Simon Beck Collection of under garments inspired by his snow art designs.
Then a wealthy American(dang Muricans are always throwing their money around) hired him to do a beach design for a live event so that started him doing beaches.
Simon says it's much easier to walk on a flat beach all day.
For the beach designs he uses a rake.
He's 59 years old now and finally feels like a success and is able to do what he loves for a living.
He went from people wanting to get rid of him to being highly sought out by organizations and people all over the world!
Thanks for stopping by folks, God bless you all!