Etched by trucks in the desert sand: At 9 miles
around,                        gargantuan circle is the world's largest

                              By Daily Mail Reporter
          Last updated at 4:51 PM on 16th December 2009

Etched onto the desert sands of the Black Rock Desert in Nevada, this unique
sand drawing is the world's largest single artwork with a total circumference of over
nine miles
(CA comment: Not correct) . Big enough to contain over 176 Wembley
Stadiums, the giant drawing is visible from 40,000 feet up in the sky, and has even
been wowing airline passengers flying across the desert into San Francisco.

Even Virgin supremo Richard Branson has phoned to congratulate artist Jim
Denevan on his ambitious desert vision. Desert colossus: this sand drawing is the
world's largest single artwork with a total circumference of over nine miles
Comment: Not so, see largest 'Marree Man' below)

Taking 15 days to complete, Jim and a team of three colleagues worked day and
night on the stunning piece in May of this year, which has a diameter of just over
three miles. Containing more than 1000 individual circles, Jim, 48, painstakingly
built up the giant circle using a roll of chain fencing six feet across pulled by a
truck round repeatedly to dig into the desert sand.
1998 (CPRI Ref: 1998-147 Pattern type # 0691:
Marree near Lake Eyre, South Australia.
Approximately 2.5 miles across with 20 feet wide
lines and calculated to be 17 miles around the
edges. Medium sand. Date discovered by
satellite July 10, 1998. -
Photo from
2002 (CPRI Ref: 2002-003 Pattern type# 1258:
Broken Hills, New South Wales, Australia.
Medium Sand. Report: Colin Andrews.
from AndrewsArchive.
Based on a mathematical theorem called an Apollonian Gasket, the design is set
around triples of circles at tangents to others. 'I set out to build the largest artwork
in the world and I am extremely proud that I have managed to do this,' said Jim from
his Santa Cruz home.

'This individual piece is larger than the famous lines of Nazca in Peru and that is
something that excites me. 'Me and my long time collaborator Caleb Cole have
been planning this for over two years and it was a pleasure to complete it.'

Using GPS technology to organise their co-ordinates to create a perfect circle, the
team braved the intense desert heat and night-time cold to construct their
masterpiece. The largest lines etched into the sand of Jim's drawing are 28 feet
wide and almost three feet deep in places. The size of the artwork in comparison to
Manhattan. The lines are visible from 40,000 feet up in the sky 'We began at what
we termed our centre point and worked out diametrically from there,' said Jim.

'We had to dig out each line four or five times to mould it into the sand. It was
tough, tiring, but of course it was ultimately fun.' Artist Jim has been creating sand
art for the past 17 years and sees this piece as the next step in his ultimate plan to
work with NASA to draw on the plains of Mars.

Denevan discovered his talent for sand art when he idly picked up a stick and drew
a 12ft long fish. 'In the future I would love to see if NASA would let me use their
Mars rovers, so that I could attempt the first interplanetary artwork,' explained Jim.
'That would be fun.' Having worked with Land Rover on a series of commercials,
Jim is an independently wealthy man. Jim admits the sheer scope of this project
was financially expensive. 'But that is not the point, I just wanted to do it,' said Jim.
'Caleb, Nick and Zach, who devoted most of their time to this project are extremely
proud too.'  

The winter rains have left the mammoth sand drawing in bad condition, but it is still
visible. 'The next project is Antarctic,' said Jim. 'There is an extremely exciting trip
being lined up and I can not wait to push the boundaries.'
A  Butterfly Man  Crop Circle formation said to
measure 530 Meters x 450 Meters, and claimed
by Dutch researchers as the "Biggest Crop
Circle Ever" appeared near Goes in southern
part of the Netherlands on the 8th of August
Copyright: Joop van Houdt
Hundreds of circles, rings and connecting
pathways formed in a thin layer of snow which had
fallen on thin ice covering over a quarter of mile of
the Charles River, Boston during 1993. Reports
from Colin Andrews CPRI 1993.
Photo from
Crop Circles: The Big Boys
By Colin Andrews
December 27, 2009
This design was the longest ever seen in England
when it appeared on July 29, 1994 at Ashbury, in
Berkshire, England. Getting on for a mile long and
discovered by my colleague Paul Anderson of CPRI.
Copyright: Colin Andrews 1994 from AndrewsArchive.
A simple series of circles connected by a long meandering pathway which stretched over a
quarter a mile across the field near Etchilhampton, Wiltshire and discovered on July 27, 1996.
The design passed very close to a Sanskrit design which appeared the same night.
Colin Andrews 1996 from AndrewsArchive.
on August 13, 2001. It became known as The Galaxy and consisted of 409 circles and
measuring 240 mtrs, 787 feet across. The central circle itself was 72 feet in diameter. Plants
germinated from seeds taken within the design grew 111% faster that controls also biologist Mr.
William Levengood discovered magnetic material in some of the plants.  I undertook a
magnetometer survey and tested the design with an Electrostatic meter which showed Pos 80
volts in places. Magnetometer results were normal.
Copyright: Busty Taylor 2001
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