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Snow art showcases beauty of winter

By: Katherine Butler on Jan. 3, 2013, 1:26 p.m.
crop circle design in snow

Photo: Courtesy of Simon Beck

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Wintry crop circles

Beck hails from southern England, but lives in Savoie, France, during the ski season. He admits that his pieces inevitably draw a comparison to crop circles, the mysterious geometric designs cut into fields that first appeared in southern England in the 1970s. They were later determined to be a hoax. However, Beck is quick to point out that he has never been involved in the creation of crop circles. Further, he does not condone this sort of activity without permission of the landowner, though he shared that he would like to do some farm art with “expressed permission.” Here we see another Les Arcs design in a photo that has been modified by Beck. He shrunk the horizontal dimensions, darkened the highlights, and increased the contrast and color saturation. It was taken on Christmas Day 2011.