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Snow art showcases beauty of winter

Jan. 3, 2013, 1:26 p.m.
repeating circle pattern in snow

Photo: Courtesy of Simon Beck

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Shapes in the snow

Beck attended the University of Oxford and received a degree in engineering science. He started doing the designs “for a bit of fun” during the 2004 ski season, after purchasing a winter home at the Les Arcs Resort in Savoie, France. What inspires Beck's designs? They all come from the world of geometry, he says. Citing the Mandelbrot set, the Koch snowflake, and the Sierpinski triangle as his three favorite designs, Beck notes that his pieces have grown more complicated as he has gotten better at doing them.