He Spend Weeks Tending A Field Then Plants It. What He Makes Is Completely Astonishing

When we think of art, we tend to imagine it being in a stuffy museum or a gallery somewhere  Lately, creative artists have been finding more and more ways to bring art to the great outdoors. Stan Herd is one such artist.  For the last several years he has been using giant fields as his canvas.  His paint:  “plants.” His work consists of original pieces as well as re-creations of famous works by other artists.

“Olive Trees,” his latest piece, is a massive 1.2 acre re-creation of Vincent Van Gogh’s 1889 painting  that was commissioned by the Minneapolis Institute of Art. In order to complete this, Herd worked for several weeks carefully digging, planting, mowing and landscaping the land. The piece will be viewable through the fall and is conveniently located near the airport where arriving and departing travelers will be able to view it from the sky.

Where most people see a field (or maybe a spot for a picnic), artist Stan Herd sees possibility.

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He has the actual painting was converted into a scaled grid so he can see what each plot needs to be planted with.

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And the work begins. Weeks and weeks of digging, mowing and planting.

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Little by little, it comes together.

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The finished “painting” (or as Herd calls it “earthwork”) as seen from the sky.

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