Each year, farmers in the town of Inakadate in Aomori prefecture create works of crop art by growing a little purple and yellow-leafed “kodaimai” rice along with their local green-leafed tsugaru-roman variety. They have been drawing pictures with rice since 1993; their artworks are visible until the rice is harvested each September.
23-D Crop Circle
The astonishing three-dimensional design, 200ft in diameter, has been created in a wheat field at Silbury Hill, Wiltshire, UK.According to the local folklore, the mound is traditionally visited at sunrise on Midsummer’s Day by a white figure accompanied by a white hound with red ears.It has been the setting for several crop circles in the past, including an elaborate 350ft pattern featuring a giant Egyptian mosaic in the shape of two wings, surrounded by symbols which bear a striking resemblance to the Mayan calendar which predicted that the world will end in 2012.This 3D design was photographed by Steve Alexander, who with his wife Karen, a writer, has been researching crop circles for more than 15 years.
3Pi Crop Circle
Also on Wiltshire, this amazingly complex circle is 150ft in diameter, and it’s a coded image representing the first 10 digits, 3.141592654, of pi.The code is based on 10 angular segments with the radial jumps being the indicator of each segment.Starting at the centre and counting the number of one-tenth segments in each section contained by the change in radius clearly shows the values of the first 10 digits in the value of pi.
4Ruegen Island’s Pig Crop Art
Farmers in Isle of Ruegen, Northern Germany have used Global Positioning System (GPS) to plough a huge pig image (37,000 square metres) on a cornfield. Not the best quality of crop art, but looks cute!(image: xinhuanet)
5Pizza Crop Circle
Made on August 2008, this crop circle, designed by artist Stan Herd, is a promotional vehicle for Papa John’s Pizza.
6Firefox Crop Circle
To celebrate Firefox’s 50 million download milestone on 2006, the Oregon State Linux Users Group created this 45,000+ square foot crop circle of the Firefox logo in Willamette Valley, Oregon.You can still see it on Google Earth.