New Zealand–based apparel company Icebreaker has pioneered new uses for merino wool since 1994 and has now partnered with snow artist Simon Beck for their Art of Nature project.
The merino is one of the world’s most ancient breeds of sheep, and one of the toughest. Very different to regular sheep that chew grass in the lowlands, merino sheep live in New Zealand’s Southern Alps.
FROM THE ARCHIVE: It’s possible you’ve never heard of Simon Beck. But after this, you won’t be able to forget him or his wintery creations. Beck makes snow art—intricate and precise drawings—in virgin snow with nothing but an expedition compass and a pair of snowshoes.