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What This #Artist Does In The #Snow Aren’t Crop #Circles

Snow Drawings is an ongoing art project from Sonja Hidrichsen. As you might imagine from the name, Hidrichsen uses wide open landscapes and frozen lakes with fresh snow to create amazing, intricate snow drawings. Hidrichsen created her first piece of snow art back in 2009 all on her own during an artist residency in Colorado. Since then her snow drawings have gotten bigger, and more ambitious. She now enlists the help of volunteers to help create the drawings. You’ve seriously got to see them.

1. Snowmass Village, Colorado (2009)

Snowmass Village Colorado

This first piece grew out of Hidrichsen’s snow shoe walks during a three month residency in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

Snowmass Village Colorado

Snowmass Village Colorado

Snowmass Village Colorado

Snowmass Village Colorado

2. Ooms Pond near Chatham, New York (2011)

Ooms Pond Chatham

Hinrichsen enlisted the help of local volunteers for this snow drawing.

Ooms Pond Chatham

Ooms Pond Chatham

3. Hayden, Colorado (2011)

Hayden Colorado

These snow drawings were created at Carpenter Ranch in Northern Colorado. Some were made on the frozen Yampa River. Hinrichsen says she got very lucky with the weather for this piece as the drawing took a few days to complete.

Hayden Colorado

Hayden Colorado

Hayden Colorado

Hayden Colorado

4. Rabbit Ears Pass, Colorado (2012)

Rabbit Ears Pass

This drawing took Hinrichsen and her group of volunteers two weekends in complete in January and Febuary 2012.

Rabbit Ears Pass

Rabbit Ears Pass

Rabbit Ears Pass

Rabbit Ears Pass

5. Catamount Lake, Colorado (2013)

Catamount Lake Colorado

Hinrichsen says that frozen bodies of water make some of the best canvasses for her snow drawings. It her and a volunteer army of 60 people three days to complete this drawing.

Catamount Lake Colorado

Catamount Lake Colorado

Catamount Lake Colorado

Catamount Lake Colorado

6. Former Yampa River, Colorado (2014)

Former Yampa River

Hinrichsen and 50 volunteers teamed up to recreate the original flow of the Yampa River on the lake that was created when the river was dammed up.

Former Yampa River

Former Yampa River

Former Yampa River

Former Yampa River

Truly amazing. I’m looking forward to see what Hinrichsen has planned for this coming winter. To learn more about Sonja Hinrichsen, and to see some of her other work check out her website.

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