Despite nobody in the world of art even being remotely interested, the art world is apparently rejoicing at Colin Andrews’s claim that the iconic 2002 Crabwood crop circle was a commissioned job paid for by Touchstone Pictures/Disney.

Something to think about.

If you’re not familiar with the formation in question, it’s better known as the ‘alien pizza delivery man’. It features a grey extraterrestrial holding a binary disc that contains the message

Beware the bearers of FALSE gifts & their BROKEN PROMISES. Much PAIN but still time. BELIEVE. There is GOOD out there. We OPpose DECEPTION. Conduit CLOSING.

According to the statement put out by Andrews, the formation was paid for by Disney to coincide with the release of the crop circle themed movie Signs.

What, wait, isn’t this all a bit familiar? Isn’t this a tale from the 2002 season resurrected seventeen years down the line? The one that goes blame it on as a commission? An allegation that never had any decent evidence to support it at the time? So what is Andrews’s evidence for this sudden revelation?

In his (now hidden) statement on Facebook Andrews stated

I spoke with one of the ‘Circlemakers[.org] team based in London and asked…if they had been commissioned by Disney to produce the ET and disc crop circle. I was given sufficient information to confirm my personal anger and Disney. They had deliberately deceived the public…

Now, nobody suggests that Colin is lying but it’s interesting he talks of deceit having been sat on this information for seventeen years. Not that it really matters. Unless Andrews can produce something more substantial than an anecdote all we have is yet another game of he said, she said.

The Croppie suggests that Colin has very likely been taken for a ride. It wouldn’t be the first time by any means.

Lead photograph by Steve Alexander.