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UK Artist Creates Giant Glyphs In Alps Snow

From: Eustaquio Andrea Patounas <socex.ufobras.nul>
Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2013 14:56:31 -0200
Archived: Wed, 16 Jan 2013 04:08:05 -0500
Subject: UK Artist Creates Giant Glyphs In Alps Snow


Source: Dailymail.Com.UK

http://tinyurl.com/d2lwpgc

5 September 2012


Making A Big Impression: Artist Creates Giant 'crop Circles' In
The Snow By Painstakingly Walking Around For 10 Hours At A Time

They are created by British artist Simon Beck while wearing
snowshoes and come in a range of designs from snowflakes and
spirals to cubes and more abstract creations. Each pattern is
crafted by Mr Beck alone in the skiing town of Les Arcs, in the
French Alps, where he lives during winter.

And he uses an orienteering compass to create the perfect
geometric designs. Mr Beck, an orienteer leader, has created
hundreds of the artworks after ploughing his first at Christmas
in 2004.

He uses what he describes as a 'kind of reverse orienteering' to
plot his intricate paths before walking along the route in a
pair of snowshoes.

He said: '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.'

Mr Beck, who studied Engineering Science at Oxford University,
said many of his patterns can equal the effort needed to climb
halfway up Mont Blanc, he said.

He added: 'I usually keep at it until I get too tired, using a
headlamp if it gets dark first. It takes typically until I can't
go on, but that can depend.

'The setting-out serves as the warm-up then the real training is
completing the design. Once this second stage is started, I put
on my personal stereo.'





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