Installation in wheat field
525.2 x 525.2' (160 x 160 m)
Hello World! is a large-scale Semacode mowed into a wheat field near Ilmenau, in Germany’s Thuringia region. The code is formed by dark (mature green wheat plants) and light (mowed plants mixed with soil) squares 18 across and 18 down, that when decoded read “Hello, world!” in keeping with the tradition of christening any new coding experiment by programming it to produce this cheerful declaration. The installation, now integrated into Google Earth’s database of images, marries a low-tech method with a decidedly high-tech effect, while also making reference to and updating the ancient language of runes and crop circles. The human need for expression continues at a global, even planetary, scale.