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This artist uses a frozen Finland lake as his massive canvas

Pasi Widgren used a shovel to draw a fox measuring about 295 feet on Lake Pitkajarvi, north of Helsinki.

An architect-designer in southern Finland has returned to a frozen lake with a snow shovel to draw a large animal on the ice for the sixth year in a row, creating an artwork that he hopes will “make people happy and encourage them to go out to hike in a beautiful nature.”

On Dec. 4, Pasi Widgren drew a fox that measures about 295 feet on Lake Pitkajarvi, north of Helsinki. In previous years, he used a shovel to sketch a bear and an owl, always using the same lake as his canvas.

A drawing of a fox is seen on the frozen Pitkajarvi lake north of Helsinki, Finland, on Dec. 4, 2021.Pasi Widgren / via AP

Widgren has drawn animals on local lakes every winter since 2016 near his home in a village not far from Lahti, a town of 120,000. The drawings disappear when more snow falls or when the ice melts.

The idea for the ephemeral art came “suddenly a couple of years ago when I realized I may have a special ability of coordination to do this kind of things myself,” the 40-year-old told The Associated Press.

Pasi Widgren drew a fox that measures about 295 feet on Lake Pitkajarvi using a shovel.Pasi Widgren / via AP

When he reached Lake Pitkajarvi this month, he tested the thickness of the nice to make sure it was dense enough to walk and work on. At 4-6 inches thick, it was.

“Of course, I had ice awls with me, around my neck,” in case the ice cracked and he had to rescue himself, Widgren said.

“Then I sketched the contours of the figure by walking and thinking it to match my image of fox at the same time and then I started to ‘draw’ by using (the) snow shovel,” he explained.

Four hours later, Widgren was done.

A shovel, the tool used to create the fox likeness, is seen by the drawing at Lake Pitkajarvi in Helsinki, Finland.Pasi Widgren / via AP

“I walked to the top of the cliffs” about 150 feet above the lake “to look at the end result, drank coffee from my thermos bottle and took some photos and videos as a memory of doing this.”

The fox was less visible by Monday because it has snowed a little, Widgren said.

“It’s very important to me also that making this kind of art doesn’t leave any (marks) to nature,” he said.