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This beautiful piece of art was created by Finnish snowshoers

A giant snow drawing created by 11 snowshoe-clad volunteers in Espoo, outside Helsinki, Finland.
A giant snow drawing created by 11 snowshoe-clad volunteers in Espoo, outside Helsinki, Finland.   -   Copyright  Janne Pyykko/AP
By Jill Pole with AFP, AP

A group of amateur snowshoers in Finland have made the most of recent snowfall by creating a giant work of art on a golf course.

160m across, the design is a mandala, a geometric configuration of symbols held as sacred in Buddhist and Hindu traditions. It was designed by Janne Pyykkö, an IT consultant, with the help of friends.

It took 11 snoeshow-clad volunteers two days to create the design in Espoo, Finland's second largest city.

Snowshoeing is usually a type of hiking done in deep snow. It is thought to originate in Central Asia with fur traders, trappers and others dependent on getting around in deep snow. Snowshoes are worn to spread a person's weight across a larger area than regular hiking boots would.

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Snow artwork designed by IT consultant and amateur artist Janne PyykköSam Kingsley/AFP
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A detailed image of the giant snow designSam Kingsley/AFP

Pyykkö explained she created the design digitally, aiming to "create something beautiful".

She admits it was a bit of a challenge to explain the working process to the shoe-walking enthusiasts, but ultimately everyone had a lot of fun.

"We spent three hours laughing and walking", says volunteer Elena Ceccarelli. She helped to create the snow drawing in -10 degrees Celsius.

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Circular design traditional to mandalasPekka Lintusaari/AP
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A detailed image of a giant drawing created by volunteers in Espoo, outside Helsinki, FinlandPekka Lintusaari/AP

"It was very difficult to understand what the art was going to look like", says Petri Teralainen, another volunteer.

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A image of steps Janne Pyykkö and volunteers took to create a giant snow drawing in Espoo, outside Helsinki, FinlandPekka Lintusaari/AP

A drone camera provided the group with images of their work from the sky. This inspired them to keep going.

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Aerial view of the giant snow drawing in FinlandPekka Lintusaari/AP
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An aerial view of the completed designSam Kingsley/AFP

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