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Satellite Image of Crop Art ‘Thank You for Freedom’

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IKONOS Satellite Image (1 m) – Crop Art “Thank You for Freedom!”

Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska

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(Image Copyright © DigitalGlobe and Courtesy of Satellite Imaging Corporation)

This one-meter resolution satellite image shows a field located in southeastern Nebraska just northwest of Offutt Air Force Base, home of the 55th Wing or the Fightin’ Fifty-Fifth. The high-resolution image of the field shows the words “Thank You! For Freedom!” and can be seen from Offutt’s air space at takeoff and landing. GeoEye’s IKONOS satellite took the satellite image on November 2, 2010 while flying 423 miles above the Earth at an average speed of four miles per second.

Land art, earth art, and environmental art are similar in scale. Crop art the canvas is the size of the fields it stretches over. A major practitioner of this type of crop art, earthwork, or living sculpture is Stan Herd. Herd says an early inspiration for his art was the ancient earth drawings called Nazca Lines after the Nazca people of Peru. One of his first works was the 160-acre portrait of “Kiowa  War Chief Satanta” (1981) in southwest Kansas. Herd’s work reflects a spiritual connection with the land, and respect for Native American.

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