Orbital View: Seeing Spots

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

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Pivot irrigation fields cover the landscape north of Copeland, Kansas, USA. Powered by electric motors, lines of sprinklers rotate 360 degrees to evenly water crops.

“Apparently Kansas is much cooler from above!” one commenter exclaims. The dotted nature of the photo reminds of the work of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama:

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For more on Kusama, Steven Heller wrote a piece for us in 2012 covering an upcoming documentary about the “polka-dot-loving art legend I initially mistook for crazy.”

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