Artist Cultivates 1.2-Acre Field Into Massive Crop Art Paying Homage to Van Gogh

This is something you don’t come across everyday. Stan Herd's “Earthworks” are a rural form of art as the crop artist and painter uses instead of canvas big farmlands to present his artworks. His latest piece (a massive reformation of Van Gogh’s 1889 Olive Trees) is located in a field in Eagan, Minneapolis, gaining worldwide attention.

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, home of the original painting, on the occasion of their centennial anniversary, has assigned to Herd this project in order to honor Van Gogh. His rural mural is entirely composed of dirt, rocks and plants, following in the footsteps of Van Gogh himself, who often chose to depict scenes of rural life and the natural world using plant matter as painting materials.

And if you think this is easy, you are wrong. This rebellious artist composes his artworks into the earth, a process that is extremely difficult and extensive. He begins by plotting his designs and then executes them by planting, mowing, sometimes burning or plowing the land in strategic areas to accentuate features and form his images. However, the result justifies all the effort as the sight of the sculpted earth is amazing.

Herd has exposed his field artworks all around the world from Australia to Japan and of course his country of origin, USA. There is also a film, entitled “Earthworks" based on Herd's life story and his unique creativity. Known as the “Father of Crop Art,” Herd combines art to natural environment, demonstrating his love for both of them and his latest piece is nothing less than an unquestioned proof.

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