Ever since the snow fell on London (A.K.A #snowmageddon) and everyone got unusually creative with their snowmen we’ve been thinking… Are there people that make a living from fooling around in the snow like this?
Surely not! we cried.
Well, we’re not ashamed to say that we were (partially) wrong. Although there’s no money in it, snow artist Simon Beck spends his winters in Les Arcs Ski Resort in the French Alps creating these magnificent patterns in the snow – all with his own two … well, legs.
You can see a gallery of his other designs here.
As you can imagine, we started wondering what other aerial art was out there in the world just waiting to be marvelled at – and we certainly weren’t disappointed. We thought we’d share with you some of our favourites…
Photograph: Adrian Warren and Dae Sasitorn
This rather appropriate image (given that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner) was featured in a Royal Geographical Society outdoor exhibition in Bath a couple of years ago. Although it may look like a rather sentimental crop circle, in fact the heart-shaped Hawthorn tree wood in Oare, Wiltshire, was planted in 1999 by Lady Keswick in remembrance of her two brothers.
© Motoi Yamamoto
We love Motoi Yamamoto‘s “Labyrinth” that featured as an installation at the Bellevue Arts Museum. The whole intricate design is made from simple table salt – not, as we first thought, using a snow plough… His vast collection of work is painstakingly precise and can be viewed here.
Netherlands Tulip Fields
Photograph: Reza Ahmeds
The tulip fields of the Netherlands are famous for their art-like quality, and no more so than when viewed from above. We love how this photo by Reza Ahmeds looks as if a farmer has gone a little crazy with a paint-roller…
Photograph: Global Spook
Aerial art really doesn’t come much more extravagant than this. The Palm Islands in Dubai were man-made, and this one alone, Palm Jumeirah, has added 78 kilometres to the coastline of the city. It certainly makes an impression, we’ll give it that…
So what do you think? Which is your favourite aerial artist?
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