– 30 Minutes With: Simon Beck – December 15, 2014


Crunch, crunch. Crunch, crunch. Crunch, crunch.

That’s the sound Simon Beck would hear for ten hours straight were it not for Beethoven. During the “snow art season”, or winter as we call it, the thickly accented, 56-year-old Brit walks about the distance of a marathon in snowshoes during each of his works, marking out massive geometric designs on flat snowy fields and frozen lakes the size of soccer fields, all while listening to classical music. When he finishes, he exits his track of imprints and hikes up to where he can view his design in its entirety. After taking a picture, he goes home to rest. It’s a long day, with no guarantee that the work will still be there, untouched, come morning — but this is inherent in snow art, a medium of design of which Beck is at the forefront. We sat down with the sinewy man himself to talk about what motivates his carefully planned marches, and what he sees as the future of snow art…

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