Man spends hours on snowshoes each day to create spectacular art

It’s only January 6th, meaning you still have at least a few more months of winter to endure. So, what are you going to do with yourself?

If you’re not sure, it may be time to get creative, and if you’re looking for a little inspiration, artist Simon Beck managed to kill countless hours out in the snow while creating something beautiful. Instead of making snow angels or building snowmen, he created beautiful 3D designs merely by walking through the snow on snowshoes.

The magnificent geometric patterns below are the result of five to nine-hour days spent in the cold along the frozen lakes of Savoie, France. Though it may be tough to distinguish these works of art from mere footsteps when you’re on the ground, to see these soccer-field-sized patterns from the air is a sight to behold.

So how did the idea come about? “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,” he told My Modern Met.