Colorado artist Sonja Hinrichsen’s vast snow drawings are incredible works of art that bring her community together. Drawing upon a cast of community volunteers, Hinrichsen transforms the frozen lakes and rivers of Colorado into large-scale snow art. The breathtaking pieces are made by walking in freshly fallen snow with snowshoes, and her most recent pieces follow the Yampa River in Colorado.
Seen from a bird’s-eye view, Sonja Hinrichsen’s snow drawings appear as intricate, swirling patterns that snake around the landscape, creating imagery between rows of trees, roads, and the water’s edge. Using the smooth surface of the snow as her canvas and snowshoes as her paintbrush, Hinrichsen and her accomplices make tight spirals, wavy lines, pinwheels and dots of all sizes that decorate the land. Each piece can take several hours to create with the help of twenty volunteers.
With a gust of wind or another incoming snowfall, the designs disappear; they are only captured in film, or by the lucky passersby that bear witness to the ephemeral artworks. Hinrichsen’s snow drawings are not only pleasing to the eye, but also help the artist to convey the magic of the natural landscape by showing viewers a new way to look at nature. Her artworks accentuate the serenity of the natural environment, without leaving any permanent marks on the landscape.
Each project also brings together a community of art lovers, as Hinrichsen’s temporary artworks forge permanent friendships.
Via This is Colossal