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Subj:.....Crop Circles (S498b) 
          From: edapsmas on 8/6/2006

Source: http://www.wired.com/news/culture/0,71513-0.html 

Crop Circles Gain Perspective 
     By Nigel Watson| Also by this reporter 

Crop circles have started appearing again in the English countryside, but this time in a new permutation. 

A crop circle in a complicated three-dimensional design was discovered in the first week of July near Ashbury, Oxfordshire.  The exaggerated perspective of the formation, which is approximately 360 feet in diameter, suggests a bird's-eye view of a group of skyscrapers, as though the viewer was looking down on a city center from directly overhead.
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The formation was originally spotted by the pilot of a microlight aircraft. When Steve Alexander heard about it, he immediately hired a helicopter to get a better view. The 34-year-old crop circle researcher, who is the co-author with Karen Alexander of a series of crop circle yearbooks, was stunned by the unique pattern in the wheat field.

"Of late, the crop circles seem concerned with the moving of one dimension into another," Steve Alexander said. "This is perhaps one of the most striking and overt expressions of that idea to date."

Some, like movie director M. Night Shyamalan, have suggested that crop circles are the product of paranormal forces or extraterrestrial beings.

"As to who or what created the circle, I don't know," Steve Alexander said, musing at the possibility of alien artists. "If people made it, then it was planned and executed very well indeed, and it was not made by people coming out of the pub after a night on the razzle. I went into the formation on the ground, and it is very impressive. It was constructed very well, the best ground quality I have seen this year."

But John Lundberg, webmaster of Circlemakers and co-author of the upcoming book The Field Guide: The Art, History and Philosophy of Crop Circle Making, insists that the 3-D pattern is man-made.

"I know from my own experience that even the most complex of crop circles can be man-made," Lundberg said, "so I don't see any need to invoke aliens to explain this one away."

Lundberg agreed that the artistry of the Ashbury formation is exemplary. "I think any circle makers would be proud to create something like this. It's a very accomplished and well-executed crop circle."

As Lundberg is quick to point out -- and contrary to some reports -- the Ashbury circle is not the first example of the use of 3-D perspective.

"The first time 3-D geometry was used in a crop circle was actually seven years ago, back in 1999," Lundberg said. Along with fellow artist Rod Dickinson, Lundberg created a demonstration crop circle for U.K. newspaper Daily Mail. The team created a design based on the Penrose Triangle, an impossible 3-D object.

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