About our Photographic Enlargements: Each 10 x 15 inch image is printed on glossy photographic paper and is supplied hand-rolled and posted in a strong cardboard tube or is flat-packed to ensure safe delivery. We have chosen a selection of our favourite crop circles from the 2019 season for you to choose from.
History & Connections: Upton Scudamore has been the site of crop circles from the late 1980s. A beautiful quintuplet appeared here in 1987, geometer John Martineau credits it as the circle that first got him interested in the geometry of the crop circles. His early pioneering work into the geometry of the circles is a legacy to all those that enquire into this subject following in his footsteps. There were three circles at Upton Scudamore in 1990 and more in 1992. Nearby Cley Hill has also seen many crop circles in the fields beneath it, the last one being a huge star-star-terahedron formation in 2017. Cley Hill also lies close to Cradle Hill, a famous site during the ‘Warminster Mystery’ flap – a series of strange happenings including UFO sightings that occurred in the 1960s and 1970s.
Design & Symbolism: This is a very pretty circle. The most striking aspect of which is its floor-lay. We flew this circle a couple of days after it was reported and we could see that the centre of this formation had already been damaged. The neat and precise swirl at the centre had been scuffed up, it’s unclear what could have caused this. It’s possible that strong winds and heavy rains could have caused some damage, but as the rest of the formation seems intact it seems unlikely. It could be that the damage was caused by someone visiting the circle – which would be a great pity indeed. It’s important we leave a circle as we found it when visiting. The outer ring of the crop circle also exhibited a beautiful floor-lay which featured a weaving pattern; this was particularly striking from the air.
The shape itself features a very neat crescent moon and the whole design has a definite feminine feel to it. The marriage of circles and crescents is a long-time re-occurring motif in crop circle design. Shapes such as these always remind me of refracting light in a camera lens – lens flare. But most of all they remind me of a planetary alignment, or even an eclipse. Not in the literal sense, but in an imaginal sense – like something from a powerful dream (or Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey!) – an arresting sight signifying something momentously important – something beyond words that can only be expressed visually.