Culture Art & Media Incredible Snow Works Made by 'Snow Artist' – Using Only Snowshoes By Kimberley Mok Writer McGill University Cornell University Kimberley Mok is a former architect who covered architecture and the arts for Treehugger starting in 2007. our editorial process Twitter Twitter Kimberley Mok Updated May 22, 2020 ©. Simon Beck Share Twitter Pinterest Email Culture History Travel Sustainable Fashion Art & Media Holidays Community Most of us don't think much of snow. It's something to snowboard on, perhaps; fun for the kids, certainly, and usually a pain to shovel. But for British "snow artist" Simon Beck, it's a pure, clean canvas for stunning, large-scale works of art, made with his own two feet (shod with snowshoes, of course). Massive Art in Fields of Snow © Simon BeckWe've seen Beck's work previously, and now the artist is back with more mind-blowingly beautiful pieces, done in the great outdoors during the last year or so. Seen over at This Is Colossal, Beck's newest tramplings are geometrically inspired, taking their cues from mathematical forms, nature's spirals, fractals and other freeform delights. © Simon Beck © Simon Beck © Simon Beck © Simon Beck Mapping out Snow Patterns Beck, who is an Oxford-educated engineer, and whose day job is orienteering and map-making (that would explain how he gets his stuff so precise over such a large area, sometimes up to six football fields), describes his creative process on his FAQ, which also involves some indoor computer work, making drawings and studying how to best get things done. He then hikes out to a chosen site, usually a fresh, flat piece of land that skiers usually forego due to the lack of slopes: Stage 1 is measuring. Usually I work outwards from the center. Straight lines are made by using the compass and walking in a straight line towards a point in the distance, curves are made by judgement. Both require a lot of practice to get it good. When the primary straight lines and curves have been made, points are measured along them using pace counting for distance measurement. Next, the secondary lines are added by joining the points determined by the above process. Usually I walk the lines three times to get them really good, if there is enough time. Lastly, the shaded areas are filled in. © Simon Beck © Simon Beck © Simon Beck © Simon Beck Each of the works takes many hours of physical stamina and concentration to complete; they are truly "artistic and atheletic" works. Beck has been doing these works for more than a decade, and has just put out a book featuring over 200 photos of these magical works of wintery art.