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alpine skiing, downhill and super g | a minimal remix

alpine skiing, downhill and super-g | a minimal remix

It is the beginning of the season for the World Cup Championships in Alpine Skiing. This weekend a host of international women (next weekend the men), with the exception of injured USA number one, Lindsey Vonn are tackling the newly designed ski slope called “Raptor” in Beaver Creek, CO. Some exciting runs already in yesterday’s Downhill competition and today’s Super G. Most notably by Swiss skier Lara Gut who won both events. She has the chance for a hat-trick if she wins the Giant Slalom tomorrow. The Americans, however did not perform well and struggled throughout both events.

This post is an interpretation of what I feel could represent alpine skiing if seen from a minimalist perspective: Icy tones (snow), curves (slopes), sharp angles (speed) and geometric forms that can be seen as anything from ski poles, to broken bones. The hazards of a dangerous, but exciting sport.

3 responses

  1. I like the contrast. Your interpretation being so full of thought, and skiing being so much to do with the opposite of thought. But both being similar in other respects.

    December 1, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    • Hi Denise. It is perhaps a strange contrast indeed. But there is art in motion and sport. And transcendental connectivity to the pursuit of oneness in sport; at any level, the beauty that emerges is like an exquisite design of intelligence and will.

      December 2, 2013 at 1:56 am

  2. I never thought of skiing quite the way you depicted it here! Very interesting.

    December 6, 2013 at 7:54 pm

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