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Man Makes Massive Snow Murals on Mountains Using His Feet

Simon Beck rises early on drawing days. He collects his gear, bundles up, straps on his snowshoes, and treks up a mountainside until he reaches his canvas. He will spend the entire day there, walking through the snow. By sunset, Beck's tracks will resolve into a spectacular, ephemeral work of art.

“It started as a bit of fun, but gradually it’s taken over my life,” Beck tells Great Big Story in the video above, filmed near Powder Mountain Resort, Utah, 8600 feet up. In his first 10 years of snow-stamping, Beck created more than 175 snow drawings. He has since started working with beach sand as well.

The murals’ massive scale requires not only methodical footwork but also a great deal of exertion. A large drawing may take up to eight hours and 40,000 steps—that’s about 20 miles of walking. In the snow. On a mountain. Still, in a 2014 interview with mental_floss, Beck said the snow drawings are “… less strain on your body than running or even walking.”

Like Tibetan Buddhists’ sand mandalas, Beck’s drawings are all the more moving for their impermanence. Snow melts, and new snow falls upon it. And then there are the skiers. Most people are conscientious enough to avoid the artwork, Beck told mental_floss, but not all. He recalled one skier who deliberately aimed at one of his murals—and not once, but twice: “I just felt like poking his eyes out.”

Header image from YouTube // Great Big Story 

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Every Emoji Ever, Arranged by Color
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What lies at the end of the emoji rainbow? It's not a pot of gold, but rather an exclamation point—a fitting way to round out the Every Emoji Ever print created by the design experts over at Pop Chart Lab.

As the name suggests, every emoji that's currently used in version 10.0.0 of Unicode is represented, which, if you're keeping track, is nearly 2400.

Each emoji was painstakingly hand-illustrated and arranged chromatically, starting with yellow and ending in white. Unicode was most recently updated last summer, with 56 emojis added to the family. Some of the newest members of the emoji clan include a mermaid, a couple of dinosaurs, a UFO, and a Chinese takeout box. However, the most popular emoji last year was the "despairing crying face." Make of that what you will.

Past posters from Pop Chart Lab have depicted the instruments played in every Beatles song, every bird species in North America, and magical objects of the wizarding world. The price of the Every Emoji Ever poster starts at $29, and if you're interested, the piece can be purchased here.

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8 City Maps Rendered in the Styles of Famous Artists
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Vincent van Gogh once famously said, "I dream my painting and I paint my dream." If at some point in his career he had dreamed up a map of Amsterdam, where he lived and derived much of his inspiration from, it may have looked something like the one below.

In a blog post from March, Credit Card Compare selected eight cities around the world and illustrated what their maps might look like if they had been created by the famous artists who have roots there.

The Andy Warhol-inspired map of New York City, for instance, is awash with primary colors, and the icons representing notable landmarks are rendered in his famous Pop Art style. Although Warhol grew up in Pittsburgh, he spent much of his career working in the Big Apple at his studio, dubbed "The Factory."

Another iconic and irreverent artist, Banksy, is the inspiration behind London's map. Considering that the public doesn't know Banksy's true identity, he remains something of an enigma. His street art, however, is recognizable around the world and commands exorbitant prices at auction. In an ode to urban art, clouds of spray paint and icons that are a bit rough around the edges adorn this map of England's capital.

For more art-inspired city maps, scroll through the photos below.

[h/t Credit Card Compare]

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