Last winter, Paralegal Karen Dierkes participated as a volunteer to assist artist Sonja Hinrichsen in her “Snow Drawings” project. In 2013, Ms. Hinirichsen’s canvas was Lake Catamount near Steamboat Springs, Colorado. As you can see from the photos below, the completed project was beautiful! All photos may be found here.
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Snow Drawings at Catamount Lake was created in a joint effort with over 60 volunteers from Steamboat Springs and vicinity, who came out with their snowshoes to walk spiral patterns during the 3 days between Friday February 1st and Sunday February 3rd 2013. Despite deep, heavy snow that made walking difficult and strenuous people stayed and created a stunning art piece on the lake. I was greatly impressed of the piece that revealed itself when I flew over the lake Monday morning. I want to thank all volunteers for their great work, the Steamboat Springs Public Library and Steamboat Springs Arts Council for their invaluable assistance in organizing this event, the Lake Catamount Touring Center for hosting us, and the pilot who flew endless rounds over the lake, so that I could take hundreds of photos.
About the project (in the words of Sonja Hinrichsen):
“Snow Drawings” is an ongoing project where I “draw” large designs in the environment by walking lines into fresh snow surfaces with snowshoes. Ideal “canvases” are deforested areas and frozen lakes. The finished pieces are ephemeral. While they take hours to create, their duration is unpredictable. Sometimes they are coated over by new snow shortly after completion.
I began this project in winter 2009 during an artist residency in Snowmass Village in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Out of play I started designing patterns in my mind, which I then transferred onto the snow. My designs have since become more elaborate , and I have continued this project in other landscapes across the US. Last winter I worked with community volunteers for the first time. This enabled me to create even larger pieces. During two exhilarating community events that combined art-making and outdoor winter activity in a stunning landscape in the Colorado Mountains, we created large drawings that could only be seen from the air in their entirety – and only for a limited time. The volunteers took pride in their participation in these environmental works, connecting with the project and the landscape. The 2012 “Snow Drawings” received significant press; they were presented on numerous art, design and culture websites, and written about in magazines, including SOMA Magazine, TRACCE (Italian Archeology Magazine), and a Chinese Art Magazine. They were featured on NPR, MSNBC, The Discovery Channel, public TV Tokyo. Photographic prints have been exhibited in California and Europe. This experience inspired more ambitious plans for this coming winter. In January and February 2013 I plan to take this project to a new level and organize community events in different geographical regions across the US – to create monumental-scale drawings. I have so far secured support from three organizations to host events: in upstate NY, in Southwestern Wyoming, and the Nature Conservancy will host the work in Northwestern Colorado. In Colorado we plan to cover an entire frozen lake with snow drawings. I am currently in discussion with several organizations in other parts of the US. During their short existence “Snow Drawings” correspond with the landscape – and so do those who assist in creating them. To make the work accessible to a larger audience, it is essential that photos be taken immediately after each event. The scale of the work requires aerial photography.
I hope that these pieces emphasize the beauty and uniqueness of each landscape, and thus inspire appreciation for nature – especially as modern society becomes increasingly disconnected from the natural world.