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Shape and Geometry

A book containing more than four-hundred of scaled drawings of crop circles and their geometry, plus introduction and explanatory texts. Foreword written by Sir Norman Foster. Front flap says:

Circular imprints of flattened crops have been found in European fields and meadows since the early sixteenth century. In those days they were usually considered the results of sorcery, hence the names they were given, such as "fairy rings" or "devil's circles". And though the few researchers who approached this mystery with scientific measures came to the conclusion that its causes lay in the meteorological rather than in the metaphysical, it took more than four hundred years for crop circles to receive wider public attention.

It was not until the 1980s that crop circles gained worldwide television and press coverage. As this happened, the number of circles appearing every year increased rapidly, especially in the English counties of Hampshire and Wiltshire, the home of famous neolithic monuments like Stonehenge and Avebury. And it was in these two counties that the public eye watched the crop circle phenomenon change dramatically: Crop circles were not just circles anymore, instead they became sign-like assemblies of circles connected with lines and encompassed and accompanied by rings, bars, and other geometrical shapes.

In subsequent years the crop circle formations, as they were now called, evolved into large mandalas for the landscape, and they still appear like this every summer to this day. This book focuses on the period between 1990 and 1995, when it was not at all clear whether the crop circle formations were merely traces of an unknown meteorological phenomenon, or signs left by artists, or even a mysterious non-human agency trying to make contact with humankind. Whatever it was, these years saw the rise of a new kind of art: Pictures in fields to be seen from the air, and made by a collective of unknown artists.

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