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Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:13 AM

Man Walks All Day to Create Spectacular Snow Patterns.

From my email ....



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.

"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". - Simon Beck









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Reply Man Walks All Day to Create Spectacular Snow Patterns. (Original post)
Scuba Nov 2012 OP
eShirl Nov 2012 #1
Historic NY Nov 2012 #2
Lunabelle Nov 2012 #3
daleanime Nov 2012 #4
vlyons Nov 2012 #5
hunter Nov 2012 #26
dhill926 Nov 2012 #44
liberal N proud Nov 2012 #6
LuvNewcastle Nov 2012 #7
Bernardo de La Paz Nov 2012 #8
tclambert Nov 2012 #9
JoeyT Nov 2012 #14
MrModerate Nov 2012 #29
A Little Weird Nov 2012 #41
tclambert Nov 2012 #38
BobbyBoring Nov 2012 #27
BobTheSubgenius Nov 2012 #30
tclambert Nov 2012 #39
Orrex Nov 2012 #10
tridim Nov 2012 #13
Orrex Nov 2012 #17
csziggy Nov 2012 #32
Berlum Nov 2012 #11
tridim Nov 2012 #12
starroute Nov 2012 #19
tridim Nov 2012 #20
earthbot1 Nov 2012 #15
woo me with science Nov 2012 #16
Little Star Nov 2012 #18
Paper Roses Nov 2012 #21
Aristus Nov 2012 #22
loudsue Nov 2012 #23
Javaman Nov 2012 #24
KT2000 Nov 2012 #25
slutticus Nov 2012 #28
Tanelorn Nov 2012 #31
ashling Nov 2012 #33
Scuba Nov 2012 #35
ashling Nov 2012 #36
Scuba Nov 2012 #37
defacto7 Nov 2012 #34
PotatoChip Nov 2012 #40
Baitball Blogger Nov 2012 #42
Dont_Bogart_the_Pretzel Nov 2012 #43

Response to Scuba (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 05:14 AM

1. neat!

thanks for posting

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 05:26 AM

2. Amazing way to get excercise!!

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 05:35 AM

3. Crazy but beautiful

Really lovely patterns. I hope he doesn't get frostbite.

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 05:35 AM

4. Wow!

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 05:50 AM

5. Too much free time

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Response to vlyons (Reply #5)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 10:25 PM

26. Too much free time? There's no such thing.

A decent society would have twenty hour work weeks, two months paid vacation every year, and a retirement age of 58 or so.

We've got machines now to do much of our work.

Fuck the kind of "productivity" that turns most people into slaves and a small percentage of people into non-laboring multi-millionaires and billionaires.

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Response to hunter (Reply #26)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 08:38 PM

44. + a bunch........

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 05:58 AM

6. No coat?

He must love the cold.

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 06:12 AM

7. He looks like he's in pretty good shape.

I can certainly see why. I don't think I would be interested in doing such ephemeral art, but I think this is wonderful.

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 06:36 AM

8. So glad I caught this on the Trending Now DU list. Thanks for posting!

I know someone who would be very interested in this kind of art, but additionally I'm glad to have read about it myself.

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 06:40 AM

9. How does he measure? Does he have a helper? Someone to hold the other end of a rope?

Stake and line? He must plan these patterns meticulously in advance.

How did he do the one with all the little circles? They look so perfect, but there's no reference marks inside the circles.

I'm guessing the flat area he uses as a canvas is a frozen lake.

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Response to tclambert (Reply #9)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 08:26 AM

14. He probably plots it out

the way surveyors do. Some of the higher end GPS surveying equipment can do awfully impressive things.

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Response to JoeyT (Reply #14)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 01:06 AM

29. I don't get it . . .

GPS is only accurate down to a few meters. That wouldn't be nearly precise enough.

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Response to MrModerate (Reply #29)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 08:33 AM

41. Can be more precise

I think some of the survey grade Trimble units are accurate to 20 cm now. Hard to imagine someone would spend that kind of money though.

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Response to JoeyT (Reply #14)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 06:58 AM

38. You kids with your new-fangled GPS and such!

Why, in my day, if we wanted to make a crop circle, we just needed a knotted piece of string and a stick . . . and a stompy board tied to our shoes . . . and a getaway car ('cause those farmers, they'll shoot at you for stomping down their crops).

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Response to tclambert (Reply #9)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 10:49 PM

27. Aliens help him

Just like they did with the pyramids and crop circles.

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Response to BobbyBoring (Reply #27)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 01:39 AM

30. And Donald Trump's hair.

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Response to BobbyBoring (Reply #27)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 06:59 AM

39. The Mexicans who hang out by the Home Depot?

Yeah, seems like they build everything.

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 06:43 AM

10. Surely no human being could make such complex and precise shapes at that scale!

There must be supernatural forces at work, obviously.
Ley lines or aliens or something.

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Response to Orrex (Reply #10)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 08:02 AM

13. Or GPS.

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Response to tridim (Reply #13)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 09:20 AM

17. Spare me your hocus-pocus!

Obviously there are mighty and unfathomable powers at work here!

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Response to tridim (Reply #13)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 02:14 AM

32. Well, obviously he's getting help from space

So GPS could be the answer! Or aliens. One or the other.

If the crop circle creators videos I've seen are correct, they use rope to lay out their geometric shapes - no GPS for those. http://www.circlemakers.org/guide.html

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 07:14 AM

11. The Mayans are proved correct once again!

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 08:00 AM

12. Amazing! I respect this guy much more than the crop circle hoaxters.

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Response to tridim (Reply #12)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 09:58 AM

19. Except that he's swiping the designs from the crop circles

I recognize both the images as things I've seen many times before. So give some credit to the "hoaxers"

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Response to starroute (Reply #19)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 11:42 AM

20. As long as you don't ask me to give credit to the aliens.

I appreciate the design of crop circles, I just don't care about the "mystery" aspect of them. Make your art, just don't bother trying to yank civilization's collective chain. It tends to turn people into idiots.

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 08:45 AM

15. cool designs

i'd get totally lost if I tried that

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 09:15 AM

16. Wow.

Those are beautiful.

If there have been any mysterious summer crop circles in the area, though, I think we may have a lead...

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 09:22 AM

18. Sometimes I wish I had a creative bone in my body, those are beautiful.

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 11:50 AM

21. Spectacular. An uplift to my spirits. n/t

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 11:54 AM

22. As Dan Rydell said in Sports Night: "Look what we can do!"



Beautiful. Just breathtaking...

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 02:45 PM

23. Some people are just geniuses.

This dude is an amazing artist.

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 03:30 PM

24. No way he could do that! it had to be aliens that made them. Like crop circles!!

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 09:58 PM

25. Well, that's amazing!

and beautiful.

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 12:09 AM

28. ...

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 01:52 AM

31. So if it can be done with snow could also do it......

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 02:40 AM

33. Do you have a link?

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Response to ashling (Reply #33)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 04:56 AM

35. I do not, sorry.

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Response to Scuba (Reply #35)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 05:24 AM

36. I found these

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Response to ashling (Reply #36)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 06:21 AM

37. Very cool, thanks for adding.

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 03:14 AM

34. Kickin'

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 07:30 AM

40. That is so cool!

Literally!

Thanks for sharing Scuba.

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 10:29 AM

42. The chosen one.

So incredibly brilliant!

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 08:31 PM

43. Wow!

Nice

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