Snow artist Simon Beck has recreated the famed Milk Hill August 2001 ‘galaxy’ formation in sand. As near as we can tell it’s full-size, too. Okay, so it’s not quite the wheat extravaganza those folks at the Crop Circle Challenge are expecting, but we still consider it an impressive feat, especially for one guy working on his own (!). This formation has been recreated twice in sand before – by croppies Jo and Troy Byrne on a beach at Gerroa, Australia (midle photo) and by unknown artists in the UK (bottom photo).
I know I’m not alone in being perplexed by The Crop Circle Connector’s decision to include a section on their site devoted to sand circles.
I have no problem at all with anybody who wishes to make patterns on beaches. The latest are most-beautiful in my view. But people have been making sand circles for decades. Why have the Connector only now decided to include them? Because they’ve also announced their direct involvement with the team creating some of this year’s most spectacular sand circles – and in Stuart Dike’s case as a member of that team – made in collaboration with an individual who has publicly admitted to having made crop circles for more than 20 years. Which means they’ve made public that, despite the impression they would like to give to the world and to the numerous paying subscribers to their website, they’re not researchers any more. They’re a PR company.
Crops aren’t the only canvas for ‘the circlemakers’; herewith some lesser-known media.
Sand Circles – http://sandcircles.com/
Hit the link for a full gallery – though the vast majority are recreations of designs that have previously appeared in crop fields. Herewith a few samples:
Remake of the famed August 2001 Milk Hill formation
Recreation of a circle that appeared near Stonehenge in July 2002
This last image in particular is in our view much more asethetically pleasing than its crop equivalent which appeared in East Field, Wiltshire, in June 2001:
Snow Art: http://www.facebook.com/snowartist
You’ll find lots of images at the link above. Herewith some examples:
This last photo is a near-recreation of a design that appeared in wheat at Windmill Hill, Wiltshire, back in July 2002: