About Smooth Ink-Jet (Giclée) Art Prints: These Prints prints are very high resolution ink jet prints printed onto thick cotton watercolour paper. They capture every nuance of the original works. These top quality reproduction prints are taken from ultra-high resolution digital files and are simply the best reproduction prints available. If you’re looking for the best – you’ve found it! Each print has a white border and is personally signed by Steve Alexander.
High quality acid free fine art smooth paper of 300gsm, is coated with a unique new ink jet receiving layer that gives a semi-gloss finish to the printed image. The coating is undetectable on the paper until the ink is applied, then it bursts forward with a subtle yet vibrant sheen. The surface coating gives a high depth of colour and is tough and highly resistant to scratches. We have chosen some of our favourite formations from recent years as choices for the prints.
Cooks Plantation 2016: This very beautiful crop circle was always bound to court controversy. But this design has a history which stretches back for thousands of years – from the Indus Valley civilisation to the Buddhists. Sometimes used as a fertility symbol, sometimes as a symbol of the world, the entirety of creation, eternity and then as a warder from evil and a simple good-luck symbol. Although known as the swastika the word comes from the sanskrit svastika, meaning a lucky object. Both the symbol, its meaning has been greatly tarnished by its association with Nazism, but as pure symbol rather than political rhetoric, it seems to me to be rather a beautiful and a positive image.
The formation measured approximately 120ft in diameter and was in placed in one of only a few wheat fields left standing by the end of August. Incidentally, this was the same field that played host to the 1995 Beckhampton Spiral – one of our all-time favourite crop circles. It looks like the pattern was designed on an underpinning 5 x 5 square grid, only adding to the major role the number five has played in the formations of the 2016 season.
This image shows the crop circle in its attending landscape captures the atmosphere, mood and power of the formation while it remained in the field.