Geometric pattern designs by Simon Beck

Geometric pattern designs by Simon Beck

Few Oxford engineering grads go on to become professional snow angel-makers. Just one, actually. And when I say snow angels, I mean giant, beautifully-intricate geometric pattern designs on snow. Some artists see their work on a blank canvas or marble slab. Simon Beck sees his on a fresh snow bank.

These aren’t the kind of designs you could complete with a ruler and some spare time in your backyard, either. Beck puts some serious time, thought, and legwork into his creative work. Each piece spans 100 square meters, taking 25 miles of walking in snowshoes to accomplish. Doing just one of these sounds exhausting, but Beck has been creating about 30 of them every winter for the last 10 years, totaling in 175. Each is its own unique glimmer of beauty. Watch the movie on full screen.


These aren’t just made by luck, either. There’s real math behind it: Beck uses a compass and counts paces to achieve his stunningly precise designs. The concept is very basic, but the product is anything but. The most interesting part about the works is that the macro matches the micro. The delicate, geometrical beauty of the works as a whole mirrors the snowflakes that compose them. Recently, Beck has branched out into beach art and grand-scale paintings. His methods are still simple: just a compass and a rake for the sand, some paint for other surfaces. His designs have also morphed into some incredible 3D work.

Simon Beck
Simon Beck

Geometric pattern designs

His live performances, as well as photography of his art and products printed with some of his work, keep him in business. But his work isn’t just about creation or money. One massive piece was dedicated to World AIDS Day. The design incorporated male genitalia in a geometric pattern designs.


As grand-scale and intricate as Beck’s amazing designs are, the most interesting part has to be the simplicity of his materials. Just snow, sand, and empty space. Creativity stems from the most basic of things. It is in everything around us.


© Simon Beck
© Simon Beck
© Simon Beck
© Simon Beck
© Simon Beck
© Simon Beck
© Simon Beck
© Simon Beck
© Simon Beck
© Simon Beck
© Simon Beck
© Simon Beck