In the lush rice fields of Ban Khon Sung, Thailand, a creative farmer named Tanyapong Jaikham has turned his paddies into vibrant artworks, showcasing cartoon cats made of rainbow-colored seedlings. With the help of a skilled team, Tanyapong strategically planted the seedlings in various locations, forming adorable scenes like a sleeping cat hugging a fish. The project aims to attract tourists and cat enthusiasts, expecting tens of thousands to visit the rice fields in the northern province of Chiang Rai.

Using GPS coordinates and an initial artist’s sketch, the team ensures the precise placement of the seedlings. As the plants grow, they undergo a colorful transformation, culminating in the final harvest, where the rice straw produces a portrait of Cooper, the modeled cat. To enhance the experience for visitors, viewing towers are being constructed to provide a panoramic view of the artwork. This artistic endeavor not only celebrates creativity but also promotes tourism and agriculture simultaneously, breaking away from the traditional view of rice solely as a food source. The project aligns with a Thai saying, “There is fish in the water and rice in the fields,” emphasizing abundance and prosperity. In addition to attracting tourists, Tanyapong sees an educational opportunity for young people interested in the intersection of art and technology. This innovative approach highlights the evolving role of rice fields, transforming them into canvases that contribute to both cultural and economic aspects of the community. Thailand, the world’s second-largest rice exporter, aims to ship 8.5 million metric tons this year, showcasing how creativity can intertwine with agriculture to benefit the local economy.