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Snow Sculptures Take a New Turn
Snow sculptures have been around for a long time. As a matter of fact, each year a number of snow sculpture competitions are held to pay homage to the art. However, what is new is the unusual form and method some snow sculptures are taking. Do you want to learn more? Then have a seat and be prepared to look at your snowshoes in a whole new way.
Here's a closer look:
About the Snowshoe Art
In previous years, snow sculptures were created by hand and were designed to be viewed from the ground level. Nowadays, they are being created by snowshoe clad feet and are meant to be viewed from the air. The week of Feb. 23, 2012, the Internet was buzzing with news of two sets of these newfangled snow sculptures. The first was created in the French Alps by Simon Beck. The second set was created in Rabbit Ears Pass, Colo., by Sonja Hinrichsen. Beck's snowshoe art tends to make use of multi-dimensional, geometric shapes. One of his designs is reminiscent of the two-dimensional cube platform found in the 1982 arcade game Q-Bert. His other designs remind me of snowflakes, patchwork quilts, and puzzle pieces. Hinrichsen's work, on the other hand, tends to use a lot of spirals.
How it's Done
After seeing Beck and Hinrichsen's work, you may be inspired to strap on a pair of snowshoes and make your own. The process is similar to the one used in the creation of crop circles. You'll find plenty of articles online about how to make crop circles. Just modify the instructions to suit the canvas. Beck's and Hinrichsen's visually striking and intricate designs are said to take anywhere from three to five hours of snowshoeing to complete and generally involve using a sighting compass and string. Once the artists are finished, the work is often photographed before the sun has a chance to melt it all away. You may decide to do the same.
Other Snow Formations
At least Beck and Hinrichsen have taken credit for their snowshoe art. In 2009, a series of unexplained snow formations appeared in Hoeven, Holland. The first formation consisted of 21 rings and two circles. It was 60m x 52m. The second formation was larger and consisted of over 30 rings. A few folks attributed the formations to aliens. In light of what we know now, maybe someone should check with Beck and Hinrichsen to see if either ever took a winter holiday in Holland.
Killeen Gonzalez enjoys winter sports and has traveled extensively.
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