Photo by Simon Beck.

We were pretty impressed by that team of people who walked curlicues into the snow in Colorado, but don’t we feel foolish now. Because this footprint snow art by Simon Beck blows that shit right out of the frozen water.

Photo by Simon Beck.

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Beck spends days trudging through the snow to create these ephemeral masterpieces, often walking for five to nine hours each day. If you’re thinking “that is a hell of a workout,” you’re right — Beck claims that he’s not possessed by the Muse, he’s just trying to get enough exercise. (He says he can’t run anymore due to foot problems.)

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Photo by Simon Beck.

Of course, unlike other wintertime exercise activities — skiing, say — Beck’s work could be considered fairly boring. Or, you know, “meditative,” but the point is that he’s just walking around the same soccer-field-sized patch of land for days. On the other hand, what have you got to show for your skiing trip besides a tweaky ankle and a cocoa crust around your mouth?