In continuation of the ever lengthening Replicating the Roswell Rock, I’ve got a few rocks on the studio table that I’m working on. Found a new handful of quality stones to work with. Here are some of them catching the evening light. I’m particularly excited about the one in the upper right corner which has the smoothest, most chocolaty look I’ve come across so far. Funny thing about that one though, is that it didn’t come from the creek. Micky spotted it while raking yesterday, just laying in the yard. This may turn out to be the best one yet. To find it in my own backyard, no more than 12 ft. from my shop door is almost hard to believe.
I may have also found a few lodestones. This one is very distinctive (click image for a close-up) – the orange color is rust, and the chunky looking stuff isn’t dirt… I scraped some of it off and could pick up all of the crumbles with a magnet. Beneath where I scraped was smooth and black, almost polished looking. If it is a lodestone, it’s pretty weak – not strong enough to pick up nails, just barely some of the dust I scraped off of it.
In preparation of the new carvings, I decided to revisit the 1996 crop formation pattern with fresh eyes and the hindsight appreciation about how people feel about the details, the geometry etc. Years ago, when I did this the first time, my personal rendition was really only a straightforward eyeballing of the elements and maybe taking a few measurements here and there. So last night, for the first time, I did what many others before have done, and took the image through a careful series of corrective steps, which were specifically rotate, perspective, and upon determining vertical and horizontal axis lines, skew.
What I found myself looking at only enhances my interest in how the public has processed all of this. I’m going to update this post later with some images. I think anyone that has followed the story will find them pretty interesting.
Update: Look at the vertical axis of the crop circle! Where are the diagrams of what was really in the field? I can’t seem to find any. How could so many people have ignored the asymmetry of the actual design? I took great care in matching up the two, using a point to point method for alignment. I don’t think anyone who looks at this up close could honestly conclude that this, and the Roswell Rock are a precise match.
Upon further search, I am finding plenty of mention of this asymmetry – but the interesting thing is that even when acknowledging the “flaw”, in what I have seen so far, their accompanying graphics have been only geometrically corrected versions.
Also, after a bit of study I think I see why the field formation came out crooked. This has to do with the pattern lines, their intersections, and relative positions to the… what do you call those lines made by the tractor?… anyway, no time for that now – there is window work to do in the studio.