Rice field art

I came across this a few days back and thought it was incredibly neat.  There are already a number of articles around the web on this though, so I’ll keep it brief.

The images below are what happens when rice farmers get creative.  By mixing various types of rice (depending on their color) and laying it out in a pattern of their own design, they are able to create “living art”; a field of rice that gradually forms itself into a beautifully precise image as the plants grow.

I find it amazing that, despite the back-breaking work involved in simply sowing, maintaining, and harvesting acres and acres of land, farmers still find in themselves the creativity to do something like this.

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  • July 31, 2009 - 06:43 | Permalink

    This is amazing. I’ve seen crop/harvest designs, but don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like this. Talk about artistic creativity! The photo of two horsemen in the link to other pics is unbelievable. Wonder what they planted to get the red bits?

  • August 3, 2009 - 07:29 | Permalink

    IIRC, someone in the “Thousand year Reich” did the same with some varieties of slow-growing deciduous trees. They’d planted the trees so that in Autumn they’d stand out among the conifers that surrounded them. They made out a swastika.

  • August 3, 2009 - 15:16 | Permalink

    I’d never heard of this, but a quick search on Wikipedia turned up the following: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forest_swastika

    Rather fascinating, and if it weren’t for the negative association, rather pretty and creative in its own way. Thanks for the quick educatory post 🙂

  • yuko
    August 8, 2009 - 05:45 | Permalink

    wow, this is the first time to see something like this. Amazing indeed!

  • August 8, 2009 - 13:38 | Permalink

    Hi Yuko, your first comment – welcome! 🙂
    Maybe sometime when you finish your driving lessons you can drive us all to Inakadate 😉

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