Sonja Hinrichsen’s Snow Drawings

The east coast may not be getting much snow, but Sonja Hinrichsen, a land artist and photographer, has been putting what snow has fallen in the west to good use, creating a massive drawing stomped into the drifts at Rabbit Ear Pass, Steamboat Springs, Colorado. An installation reminiscent of Andy Goldsworthy’s land art or even Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty, Snow Drawings creates a temporary landscape with a sense of movement.

According to Colossal, an art and design blog, five volunteers helped Hinrichsen set her looping, intricate spirals, which seem to incorporate the area’s trees, into the ground cover.

Aerial photos of this impermanent art piece were taken during a flyover in local pilot Jack Dysart’s Cessna aircraft.

An additional video was produced by Cedar Beauregard using a camera mounted on a remote-controlled helicopter.

Also, for more art inspired by snow, check out Kate Bush’s latest album, 50 Words for Snow.

Image credits: Cedar Beauregard

4 thoughts on “Sonja Hinrichsen’s Snow Drawings

  1. Laura Maurer 02/22/2012 / 4:07 pm

    I very much like the work, but the video should be without the icons all over it!

  2. Kent Watson, FASLA 02/22/2012 / 5:47 pm

    Very nice images, but as all westerners know, Steamboat Springs and Rabbit Ears Pass are NOT in the midwest. They are in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.

  3. Robert Gibbs 03/06/2012 / 3:26 pm

    Such a simple and moving art form!
    Robert Gibbs, ASLA Michigan

  4. Gene Barlow 03/18/2012 / 10:22 pm

    Very nice Sonja. Very much like “crop circles”, but your art is non-destructive. Theirs is not.

    For Laura and anyone else bothered by the icons:

    If you watch in full screen, all the icons fade from view.


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