No extraterrestrials required: the extraordinary art of the “crop circle” in a Korean rice field

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Paddy power: farmers use paddy fields to show off their bizarre artistic prowess … on a massive scale

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If you think of rice as that boring white substance that tops a curry, think again.

These remarkable images from Goesan, North Chungcheong Province, South Korea, show fields of rice plants that have been painstakingly hand-planted to bloom into a spectacular “art of the land”.

The craze for the creativity of rice paddies first manifested in Inakadate, Japan a few years ago, but this latest work, carried out by a group of Korean farmers, is the most detailed to date.

See Saw: This 3,000-square-meter crop art image of three girls playing a traditional Korean game is invisible from the ground, but comes to life when viewed from above

The South Korean government hopes to develop the area as an ‘eco-tourism’ destination and these folk art paintings are a great fit: no paints or dyes are used, the different colors are obtained by planting different varieties of rice in areas specific, allowing the natural coloring of the flowering plant to create light and dark areas in the field.

The effect is invisible from the ground but comes to life when viewed from the sky.

Tiger Tiger: This extraordinary image of a tiger growling at the Moon is created by planting different varieties of rice in a specific pattern.

Tiger Tiger: This extraordinary image of a tiger growling at the Moon is created by planting different varieties of rice in a specific pattern.

The people of Goesan hope their creative agriculture puts them on the tourist map, and they might be right. The village of Inakadate has seen an increase of some 200,000 visitors per year after starting its agricultural art projects. Not to mention the overflights of grateful aliens of course …

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