Fauxology's author, the artist Regina Garay, tells us that "Farmers and villagers created these designs using various rice plant varieties (each with a different color) that were precisely planted in the rice paddies. Can you imagine the planning that went into these? They don’t even bloom until Summer comes along! I’m just amazed, truly."
Me too, Regina. I loved this.
That rice Napoleon is almost the same as one of our new stencils.
Back to Fauxology, Regina goes on to say "This is what you would see if you were walking along the ground. The designs are only visible from a great height."
Something else that I saw recently can only be appreciated from a great height too. Whilst I was at Harlow Carr Gardens in Yorkshire last week an enthusiastic man was inviting me to wander around an area of stubble and wild flowers. It was flanked by a hedge of buddlea resplendent with butterflies. Behind him was a fabulous maze, but from my viewing point I would not have known that. It looked like a lumpy patch of grassland. Once you were treading the tiny trail all became apparent.
This is the view from above.
If you want to take the challenge hurry to Harlow Carr Gardens in Harrogate.
Regina has also written about the big renovation that I showed you earlier this week. She has information about the other artists that participated in the TV show. Read it here.