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Snow artist, Simon Beck, does more than play in snow

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Nearly everyone is familiar with crop circles that appear under the cover of darkness leaving behind intricate designs in fields. Snow artist Simon Beck has added a new twist to the art form. According to a December 23 report on ViralNova, Simon Beck walks miles in the snow to create a piece of snow art with a striking resemblance to crop circles.

Simon, 54, lives in Southern England and works as an orienteering mapmaker. In fact, it was the desire to get some exercise without orienteering that led Simon Beck to create his first snow circle in 2004. He explains that he began the project on a whim and created a five-point star, added circles and then filled in shaded areas with his tracks

Although Beck’s first attempt was made wearing boots, he soon discovered that wearing snowshoes made the job easier and turned out a better product. He says it takes about 10 hours to complete one of his creations.

Beck begins a new design by drawing it on paper, but admits that much of what he does depends on sight and judgment while working in the field. He uses a compass, marker sticks and rope to layout the design in the snow. He says he is able to carry all the supplies he needs in one rucksack.

The best area for making these intricate designs is an open area with a level surface. It works best with about nine inches of new snow in area that is free from strong winds, says Beck.

Stop by Simon Beck’s Snow Art page on Facebook to view more of his work.

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