Target Field becomes canvas for snow artist

New snow art installation at Target Field

MINNEAPOLIS - World-renowned snow artist Simon Beck has trekked into the Bold North all the way from Britain to create an art installation at Target Field, using only snowshoes.

The Great Northern, a 10-day winter festival, commissioned Beck, along with sponsor Red Bull, to create a geometrically inspired piece over two days, the first snow mural Beck has completed in a stadium.

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Admittedly, Target Field may be his coldest canvas yet, but Minnesota's powdery palette is Beck's preferred medium.

"The snow is very good here. This was quite a fun drawing to do. The natural patterns of snow are very beautiful, sometimes so nice, it's shame to plow through," said Beck.

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Undeterred by subzero temps, Beck, 59, blazes ahead with his snowshoes, making circular patterns at almost a jogging pace, only worried about a 360-degree vision. His artistry started as a main form of exercise, but has grown into an artform gaining international acclaim. He's now published a book, and is tapped by worldwide brands who commission artwork of their logos.

The step by step masterpiece is best appreciated from a bird's eye view. Target Field's mural is his 276th snow drawing, a geometric wonder inspired by a mandala and fractal patterns, and a mathematical feat completed from memory. Beck is a former map-maker.

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"When you see it for the first time, that is the big moment," said Beck. "You do it much the same way as you do it on paper, you use a compass instead of protractor, and snowshoes instead of pencil."

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Beck usually spends at least 10 hours completing a design before he tires, and when Minnesota winds threatened his artic etch-a-sketch on a chilly afternoon, there was still no erasing what Beck leaves behind, showcasing Minnesota as a masterpiece all its own.

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"Designs are a thing of beauty," said Beck. "And boy, the sun sparkles on the snow, I just love snow."

Beck has set a goal of completing 1,000 snow drawings by the time he turns 80. He also does drawings on beaches in the sand.

Follow his work on Facebook page here.
 

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