(Espoo) Take to the skies to reveal its finesse: in Finland, a budding artist and a handful of volunteers are very successful with the public and the media with a huge work of art traced with their steps in the snow.
Janne Pyykkö’s 160-meter-diameter work, similar to a mandala seen from above, was produced last weekend and is today considered the largest drawing on snow in the Nordic country.
Seen from the ground, difficult to perceive all its beauty. But when one rises in the sky, the sophisticated beauty of interwoven rosettes is revealed.
“It was a challenge for me to explain everything and keep everyone’s enthusiasm for the project – and it worked! “, Janne Pyykkö, a computer consultant behind the work, told AFP.
Wanting simply to “create something beautiful” in the 30 centimeters of snow that covers a sports field in Espoo, a suburb of Helsinki, Janne Pyykkö first drew her project on a computer.
He then recruited volunteers from the ranks of a group of snowshoe enthusiasts. There, they used ropes to draw perfect circles according to a pattern drawn on a map.
Then, “we spent three hours laughing and walking” under a wintry sun in -10 degrees, recalls Elena Ceccarelli, one of the volunteers.
“It was very difficult to understand what this art was going to look like” when we put one foot in front of the other on the thick white coat, explains Petri Teralainen, another volunteer.
“So it was great to see the photo from above, it was perfect,” he says today.
Janne Pyykkö says she already has other projects in mind, although “a little smaller, maybe”.
“But since people are so excited, I think there will be new designs in the snow in the weeks to come,” he promises.