The Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky wrote in one of his novels, “Beauty will save the world.” Many people have wondered those words mean. Some have said they mean that Beauty helps to give meaning and purpose to life. It is as important as Truth and Goodness for instilling in people a desire to live a worthwhile life.
Today I would like to share some Beauty with you. Not so much in words, but in pictures. Here are three instances where imaginative (and patient!) people created beauty in simple tasks: stacking wood for the winter, walking in the snow in snowshoes, and serving up a cup of coffee. I hope you can take a few minutes just to gaze at this “art” and see what affect this beauty has on you.
First: these stacks of wood were created in Norway:
And finally… royalty…
Now let’s move on to snow. Simon Beck has been decorating the Alps for the past ten years with his mathematical drawings. He creates them by walking or running in snowshoes across freshly fallen snow. Some of his drawings are huge—the size of a football field or even bigger. He often works on frozen lakes so he has a flat surface. It takes him about 5 to 11 hours to do one drawing. He started doing this for fun. Now it’s his main occupation. He’s traveled all over the world creating these beautiful drawings. Recently, he has started doing beach art too. He has written a book, Simon Beck: Snow Art. At the end of this reflection, I have included a short video on Beck’s art. There is another video in YouTube that I couldn’t get to transfer to my blog. It shows him actually “drawing” his pictures. If you’d like to see that 6 min. video, just go to YouTube, enter Simon Beck Snow Art, and look for the video by National Geographic entitled “One Man’s Walk in the Snow.” Meanwhile, here are a few of his beautiful drawings:
No words are necessary:
And finally, here is some art on a smaller scale: in a cup of coffee. Latte anyone?
I hope you enjoyed these imaginative works of art. You might want to reflect on these questions: Where is there beauty in your daily life? Where and how do you bring or create beauty in your life? Our Christian faith has a fine tradition of creating beauty. Just think of all the art work that grew out of our faith–paintings, icons, statues, churches, vestments, poetry, stories, music, dance, and the list goes on and on…And finally, our faith gives us many names for God. And remember, one of those names is Beauty!
The song today is an old hymn entitled “For the Beauty of the Earth.” This version showcases some of our Creator’s works of art… Enjoy the beauty!
Here is the video on Simon Beck’s works of art in snow. (about 3 minutes):
What did you think of the art works? Has beauty ever “saved” you? I welcome your responses!