Incredible art doesn't always come on canvases; oftentimes a simple idea can be made extraordinary with what is at hand. In the case of British artist Simon Beck, what is at hand are his feet, which he uses to create marvelous patterned works in snow fields that can measure up to the size of six football fields.
The 54-year-old Beck creates works of art in snow and on frozen lakes around Les Arcs, a ski resort in the French Alps, using an orienteering compass, measuring tape and a pair of snowshoes. Though they look somewhat like wintry crop circles, according to Oddity Central Beck's inspiration comes from the raked sand gardens of Kyoto temples:
"It just seemed a natural thing to do," Beck says about his first ever snow print. He didn’t have snow shoes on, but walking in the snow he created a five-point star. After it was covered with snow, he made a bigger ten-pointed star, and soon he found a frozen lake where he could create an even bigger design, but the snow was too deep, so he decided to use snowshoes. Beck’s art gradually evolved from that point on and now the creative process has become a ritual of sorts.
Beck has been making these snow circles since 2004, as a way of getting exercise (the artist apparently has a foot problem that prevents him from jogging, but not from trampling through thick snow). Starting as a sketch and progressing as Beck counts his paces, most of his pieces take only an astounding 10 hours to complete.
See more of Simon Beck's work on Facebook; next year, Beck plans to travel to Norway to continue his awe-inspiring art.