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Home > Simon Beck's Snow and Sand Patterns

"Tsunami Memorial," by Simon Beck

Pattern made in snow with snowshoes.

The design(s) are a 5 pointed version of the 'snowflake curve' named by the German mathematician Von Koch. A lot of the inspiration for the snow art comes from the gardens in the temples in Kyoto, where sand is raked in patterns that are the closest thing I have seen elsewhere to the effect I achieve with snow. This work, created on the reservoir at Arc2000, took somewhere between 10 and 15 hours, and was completed in March 2012. On my Facebook there is an incomplete version of this photo that shows the skeleton of the smaller 5-pointed figures, that shows how this has been done. --- Simon Beck (

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