Rice paddy crop art of the year

 Images Rice Art 2009 4
It's the season of rice paddy art in Japan and Pink Tentacle has collected some exquisite examples! The massive artworks are grown through the strategic arrangement of rice plants of varying hues. From Pink Tentacle:
 Images Rice Art 2009 2 The largest and finest work is grown in the Aomori prefecture village of Inakadate, which has earned a reputation for its agricultural artistry. This year the enormous pictures of Napoleon and a Sengoku-period warrior, both on horseback, are visible in a pair of fields adjacent to the town hall there.
Rice paddy crop art (2009) (Thanks, Tara McGinley!)



  1. I see stuff like this and, sadly, in this age of Photoshop, I tend to be very suspicious of it, and, frankly, these look fake to me.

  2. There’s no reason to spoil this by claiming Photoshop. The projects wouldn’t be that hard given time, organization, and experience. It would be marvelous if these images inspired others to explore large scale mural projects.

  3. Inakadate is a few hours drive from my house. These are grown every year and are designed to be optimally viewed from a certain perspective- the balcony of town hall. Quite impressive in person. It saddens me that somebody immediately thinks of Photoshop upon seeing these photos; they must see clone tooling and gradients everywhere.

  4. @Drewkulele: Photoshop fakes usually don’t show the same scene from several angles, including closeups.

    Speaking as a graphic artist I can assure you that faking all the photos in that link would have been almost as hard as doing it for real.

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