American artist Stan Herd specialises in taking art out of the galleries and into the field, quite literally. His first 'earthwork', as he describes them, was a 160 acre portrait of Kiowa Indian chief Satanta, carved into a Kansas prairie in 1981. He has since created dozens of these field artworks around the world, most notably a series of incredible rice paddy artworks in Japan.
His latest is a recreation of Van Gogh's 1889 painting 'Olive Trees' which was recently finished in a field in Minnesota, USA. It took six months to fill a massive 1.2 acres to create the piece. Herd used different textures of shrubbery, earth and plants to recreate Van Gogh's famous colours and textures. Sponsored by the Minneapolis Institute of Art, who proudly house the original work, it can be seen from the air and is close to the local airport. It will be on display with the museum throughout the autumn and Herd plans to regularly mow it in concentric circles similar to the Dutch artist's iconic painting style.
In recent interviews with US press Herd explained, "It is an iteration of Van Gogh's painting write large in native plants and materials. The opportunity to engage with one of my favourite artists in the world was pretty unique for me. I bit off a lot here, to try to pull this off. A few of the plants were eaten by deer, and a few were blown over. But that's the dance of nature."
Learn more about Stan on his website stanherdarts.com.