French artist Simon Beck travels around to the mountains of the world to create giant, elaborate and beautiful murals in the snow, using only his feet (in snowshoes) and the various props he can carry while walking. Beck shared on his Facebook page how he got started in his craft.
It started as a little fun after skiing one evening. Back in 2004 I was still taking orienteering seriously and used to train in the forests in the valley or hike up the Aiguille Rouge, the mountain above Arc2000 after the lifts closed in the evening. One day I couldn’t be bothered but wanted a little exercise, and I got my Silva type 54 compass I use for surveying orienteering maps and went onto the little snow covered lake outside the building I live in, plotted 5 points in a pentangle; and joined them up to make a star. I then filled in the 15 triangles that resulted and later added some circles and the result was impressive especially as there is a nearby chair lift that gives a bird eye view of the lake. When fresh snowfall covered the design I did another more complicated design.
Great Big Story spoke with Beck while he was creating a snow mural.