Artist Plants Spectacular 1.2-Acre Field Inspired by Van Gogh “Olive Trees” Painting


Photo Credit: Stan Herd, Thomson Reuters via mprnews

Artist Stan Herd brings museum art outdoors, using fields as his canvas for original pieces as well as interpretations of historical art. The 64-year-old’s latest works transformed an Eagan, Minnesota field into Van Gogh’s 1889 Painting “Olive Trees.” It was commissioned by the Minneapolis Institute of Art and involved weeks of mowing, digging, planting, and earthscaping to create the amazing work of art that can be seen when flying into the Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport.

The field inspired by Van Gogh will be on view through the fall in Minneapolis, after which Herd plans to mow it down in concentric circles similar to the Dutch artists’s iconic painting style.

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While visiting the city, you can also see Van Gogh’s original, which hangs at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

“It’s an iteration of Van Gogh’s painting writ large in native plants and materials,” Herd told the Star Tribune, adding that “the opportunity to engage with one of my favorite artists in the world was pretty unique for me.”

The artist’s first outdoor land art piece, which he refers to as “earthworks,” was an ambitious 160-acre portrait of Kiowa Indian chief Satanta, that he physically carved into a Kansas prairie in 1981. He’s since created dozens of works around the world, and notably inspired Japanese artists in Inakadate province north of Tokyo to plant a series of incredible rice paddy artworks.

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