Famous paintings don’t always belong in museums, especially when they’re 1.2-acre recreations that are “painted” with plants and flowers. Stan Herd did just that with his version of the 1889 painting “Olive Trees” by Vincent Van Gogh in Egan, Minnesota, taking up a field. From start to finish, a process of mowing, digging, and planting, the project, sponsored by the Minneapolis Institute of Art took him six months. But this wasn’t a novel venture for Herd by any means. The 64-year-old artist has been giving the world these sorts of landscape artworks — what he calls “earthworks” — since 1981.
A crop artist of sorts, Herd has made a name for himself in a fascinating niche genre of art that he dominates. He’s even gone international with his work, and in 2009, a movie called Earthwork was made about Herd creating a several-acre design Donald Trump’s land, with actor John Hawkes playing the artist.
See pictures of the process and watch a video about the breathtaking work below.
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