Spiraling Snow Drawings Captivate Colorado

Published December 5, 2014
Updated February 1, 2018
Published December 5, 2014
Updated February 1, 2018

For over five years, snow drawings have popped up all over Colorado, transforming the pristine white landscape into a swirling series of crop circle-like patterns. No, these drawings aren’t the work of aliens, they are the product of Sonja Hinrichsen, an artist whose interest in nature has resulted in an array of incredible snow art. See one of her stunning creations from every imaginable angle in this video:

Snow Drawings Spirals

Source: Flickr

Hinrichsen created her first snow drawing in the spring of 2009 during her artist residency in the Colorado Rocky Mountains (seen below). The project began with fun, playful snowshoe walks and eventually transformed into a more involved process in which Hinrichsen would trample beautiful, swirling patterns into the snow. Over the past five years, Hinrichsen has exhibited work in California, Colorado and Europe, and has plans to create a new snow drawing in the French Alps.

Hinrichsen’s playful snow drawings take significant amounts of planning and effort to pull off. Because her chosen medium is snow, Hinrichsen must take a number of factors into account, including the presence of the sun, snow texture, temperature and other weather conditions. A single misstep could (literally) alter the course of the snow drawing, so Hinrichsen creates each imprint with care.

Kiri Picone
Bay Area transplant Kiri Picone is a writer and marketer who loves bizarre news and the color purple.