A friend recently sent me these pictures and I subsequently scoped out other “paddy art” and thought perhaps you’d enjoy them as well.
Imagine planting teeny rice seeds (with the help of a computer in many cases) and then waiting a whole growing season for a mural to appear. Volunteers and villagers from the small village called Inakadate, 600 miles north of Tokyo, started planting four different varieties of rice in late May to form this Sengoku warrior on horseback.
Villagers have been creating this form of crop art, including this portrait of Napoleon which can be seen from space, since 1993. They started out as small village projects, but in 2005 agreements between landowners and artists launched art across 15,000 square miles of paddy fields.