A traditionalist and enchanting version of earthworks: Rice paddy art. Created by planting different varieties of rice, images appear over time.

Examples of this technique first appeared in the early 1990’s, originally conceived as a local revitalization project. But the approach took on a life of its own and within a few years, computers were being used to plot out the planting. These extremely complex images are made from just four types of rice.

Thank you Stephanie Hobart for sending these images my way.

A few more views of other field images:

Taking a closer look: