There are big heads, and then there’s just canny self-promo. A giant crop-circle image of the face of The Streets’ Mike Skinner amazed people arriving at this year’s Glastonbury festival. The singer created the enormous work of art because he wanted his face ‘to be seen from space’.
(Thanks, Laura, for this one.)
“It’s the Great Wall of China come to a rock festival in Somerset,” he said.
Mike Skinner had always been fascinated by crop circles and decided to create his own to celebrate his appearance on the Jazz World stage. After researching the phenomenon, Mike, his friend Ted Mayhem and Sony UK spent 24 hours creating the 100 sqm image using tractors, GPS remote-controlled vehicles and strimmers. The image was seen by thousands of festival-goers as they arrived at Castle Cary station, the nearest to the festival site.
On Twitter, he added: “My headphones have become part of my soul. I will be incorporating them into my crop circle”. Mike’s XB700 headphones are part of Sony’s new XB (Extra Bass) range and are the ultimate headphones for urban, hip hop and club music lovers.
Sony also made a short series of videos posted to YouTube describing why they did it and how they approached the practicalities. Over 30,000 people have seen them.