2013 Snow Drawing on Lake Catamount

Friday-Sunday, Feb.1-3, 2013
A single, massive three-day snow drawing on Lake Catamount

Sonia Hinrichsen
2013 snow drawing on Lake Catamount
An aerial perspective on the 2013 snow drawing on frozen Lake Catamount

After the 2012 success of Steamboat's first community snow drawings on Rabbit Ears Pass that garnered national and international attention, environmental artist Sonja Hinrichsen returned during winter 2013 to lead a single massive snow drawing on Lake Catamount that transpired over three days of individually inspired snowshoeing over the surface of the lake.

Local reporter Nicole Inglis joined the artistic effort and wrote about it in the Steamboat Pilot & Today.

Sonia Hinrichsen
2013 snow drawing on Lake Catamount
A massive 2013 three-day snow drawing installation on Lake Catamount

Artist Sonja Hinrichsen relayed the following message to Steamboat's volunteer artists as they embarked upon the 2013 design:  "As an environmentalist it is important to me that my interventions in nature are subtle and leave no lasting traces. I am not interested in creating lasting artworks, as I believe that our world is over-saturated with man-made products. I like to unfold my work into large immersive experiences, however I prefer that it live on in its documentation only, and – hopefully – in the memories of my audiences as well as those who participate in the creative effort. I hope that Snow Drawings accentuate the beauty and uniqueness of the natural environment, and thus inspires awe and appreciation for nature – especially as modern society becomes increasingly disconnected from the natural world."

Want to see more?

Click here to see Sonja Hinrichsen's full collection of aerial images from the 2013 installation on Lake Catamount. Thank you to local pilot Jack Dysart for generously flying Sonja over the snow drawing!

The 2013 Community Snow Drawing at Lake Catamount was sponsored by The Nature Conservancy's Carpenter Ranch, Bud Werner Memorial Library and Catamount Ranch & Club.