UK artist Simon Beck thrives at the nexus of orienteering, map-making and geometric art with massive drawings stomped into some of the world’s largest, snow-covered canvases. Braving the elements and armed with a pair of snowshoes, the Oxford graduate has made a living for himself trudging out geometric masterpieces of astonishing scale, often requiring 12 hours of work and many miles of deliberated footsteps. Each winter his designs adorn some of the most pristine expanses of snow throughout Europe, largely concentrated in the Alps, though his growing reputation has seen him making international waves, as more folks are wowed by his determination and unique skill set that turns a herculean task into bonafide art.
In his interview with The Guardian, Simon discusses the unique process and challenges behind his creative effort:
“When you go to ski resorts you frequently see drawings in the snow that kids have made: teenagers drawing rude things, and at Valentine’s Day love hearts all over the place. The only difference is that I do it on somewhat a larger scale. Making these drawings is map-making in reverse. You start with the map, and you need to make the ground agree with the map.
All images courtesy of Simon Beck