International snow artist Simon Beck has created a gigantic tribute to Game Of Thrones at a French ski resort. And yes, it is in honour of Jon Snow.
Beck emblazoned the sigil of Game Of Thrones’ House Of Stark in the snow at the Alpine resort Les Arcs in the town of Bourg-Saint-Maurice, walking with nothing but a compass for aid for 13 hours.
In that time, Beck covered a whopping 32.5km in 64,800 steps, through day and night, to complete his piece, which is the size of two-and-a-half football pitches.
Beck says he chose the Stark sigil for the artwork as a tribute to the late Jon Snow, whose death in the final episode of season five sparked much speculation as to whether actor Kit Harrington will return this season.
Harington said in January that, “Jon Snow is dead”, suggesting he wouldn’t be returning when Game Of Thrones comes back in April. However, he featured heavily in a trailer for the new season released in February, sparking further speculation with the line: “The long night is coming and the dead come with it.”
Snow artist Beck has been decorating the Alps with his geometric works for over a decade. Two years ago saw the release of his Ronseal-titled book Simon Beck: Snow Art. He’s also recently diversified for the summer months with beach art, which gives similarly awe-inspiring results in the sand.
Speaking about Beck’s latest work for Games Of Thrones, Sky Atlantic boss Zai Bennett said: “Winter is definitely here with Game Of Thrones returning and, set in the Alpine snow, Simon Beck’s amazing Stark sigil from Game Of Thrones is the perfect tribute to a truly epic show.”
Game Of Thrones returns to HBO on April 24 and Sky Atlantic the next day. Seasons 1-5 will be available as box sets from Sky from March 14.
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