Rice farmers in China have carefully planted their harvest to create a vast stretch of 3D masterpieces.
Every year the farmers in Shenyang, the capital of China’s Lianoning province, are given the task of transforming the paddy fields around the city into colourful tracts of land in a bid to attract tourists to the area.
The Xibo farmers plant strains of rice that develop into different colours, so by the time the crop is ready to harvest, the fields are filled with gorgeous art.
It is a local tradition for farmers to create masterpieces in the paddy fields, who create the field art as a form of prayer or blessing, but recently the art has become dramatically more detailed thanks to the use of new technology that allows the farmers to control exactly how tall some crops will grow.
Controlling the height of the crops creates a 3D effect, which can only be seen from above using a suspended walkway.
The fields in Shenyang take artistic inspiration from all over the world.
Some fields give a nod to traditional oriental styles
Some are more modern than others, like this playful take on a QR code
The finished works span as far as 25 acres
The designs are sketched out early in the year before the farmers plant their crops in precisely the right place.
Throughout Spring, colourful patterns begin to emerge from the water
The fields form part of an amusement park in the city, which has hosted the paddy field art for three years and is home to one of the largest expanses of rice fields in the world, attracting thousands of tourists from all over the country and abroad.
By Edith Hancock