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Representational crop art by Stan Herd

Representational crop art by Stan Herd

Representational crop art by Stan Herd

Representational crop art by Stan Herd. American Crop artist Stan Herd was born into a family of a Kansas farmer. He graduated from Wichita State University. He is famous for his representational crop art – a method of creating images of people, landscapes and brands by digging, disking, plowing and otherwise manipulating acres of green space. Stan Herd is the preeminent representational earthworks artist in the world. Herd’s beautiful earthworks projects have been created around the world, including England, Cuba, Australia and the United States.

Representational crop art by Stan Herd

The Xiphactinus Maze

The Xiphactinus Maze was created to represent the 15-20 foot long predatory bony fish that would have lived in the Western Interior Sea (i.e. Kansas) 3 million years ago

'The Harvest' was influenced by the still life of Cezanne. The image was created near Lincoln, Nebraska to coincide with the Farm Aid Concert in 1987. It was planted with wheat, corn, and field grains.

‘The Harvest’

‘The Harvest’ was influenced by the still life of Cezanne. The image was created near Lincoln, Nebraska to coincide with the Farm Aid Concert in 1987. It was planted with wheat, corn, and field grains.

The Kansas state animal, the American buffalo (bison), and flower, the sunflower, is highlighted as symbols of Kansas

The Kansas state animal, the American buffalo (bison), and flower, the sunflower, is highlighted as symbols of Kansas

The beautiful earthwork which Stan produced in 2005 of the Kansas quarter. The Kansas state animal, the American buffalo (bison), and flower, the sunflower, is highlighted as symbols of Kansas. (Photo by Jon Blumb)

Ottawa Cola Wars

Ottawa Cola Wars

The ‘Ottawa Cola Wars’ was a pop art image sculpted from soybean plants and dressed with close to nine hundred color-bedecked participants. (Circa 1997, Ottawa, Kansas.) Photo by Daniel Dancer

Art by the Half-Acre. Neiman Marcus commissioned Stan to create a half-acre earthwork as part of its 2003 Christmas Book

Art by the Half-Acre. Neiman Marcus commissioned Stan to create a half-acre earthwork as part of its 2003 Christmas Book

Will Rogers portrait

Will Rogers portrait

The 160-acre Will Rogers portrait became a lesson in forbearance. An intense summer drought muted the image and curtailed the efforts to plant grain crops for a more colorful portrait. Photo by Peter B. Kaplan.

Absolut Landmark

Absolut Landmark

‘Absolut Landmark’. Stan was one of the selected artists for the highly successful ‘Absolut Artist’ series. ‘Absolut Landmark’ ran in Rolling Stone, Esquire, Interview and Art Forum magazine. Photo by Jon Blumb.

Saginaw Grant Portrait

Saginaw Grant Portrait

The ‘Saginaw Grant Portrait’ was created to bring attention to issues of importance to Indian activists seeking redress from the loss of tribal sovereignty and poverty on many reservations. The portrait was inspired after seeing Saginaw Grant dance at the Haskell University Spring Pow Wow. The earthwork was created on thirty-acres from wheat stubble on a farm north of Lawrence, KS in 1988 using a mower, a disc, and a two-bladed tractor ‘like different pencils’ to give the image its complexity. Photo by Jon Blumb

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart

This one-acre landscape mural of Amelia Earhart was created to celebrate her 100th birthday on July 24, 1997, in Atchison, Kansas. This earthwork is a permanent piece composed of plantings, stone, and other native materials. Photo by Jon Blumb

Little Girl in the Wind

Little Girl in the Wind

‘Little Girl in the Wind’ was a four-acre earthwork created near Salina, Kansas and Stan’s first attempt at creating an earthwork without plowing the ground. Instead, the ground was burned, mowed and hand planted with native plants. The portrait is of subject, Carole Cadue, a Kansas Kickapoo woman and the first in a planned series of portraits of indigenous women in their homelands.

Aldo Leopold

Aldo Leopold

Aldo Leopold. In collaboration with the Land Institute in Salina, Kan., to help promote the Summer Prairie Festival in 1998, Stan created a portrait of America’s great conservationist, Aldo Leopold. Leopold was an environmentalist whose early insight led to the concept of using ‘nature as measure’ – of letting the prairie set the standard for an effort to make agriculture mimic the native prairie – a natural system agriculture. The portrait was created in a meek and drought-ridden stand of alfalfa near an overlook on the edge of the farmstead. Eugene Friesen, cellist with the Paul Winter Consort serenaded the gathered crowd with a ‘grasslands’ musical’ offering an accompaniment of readings by Leopold’s children of their father’s writing.
Photo by Jon Blumb

Art by the Half-Acre. Neiman Marcus commissioned Stan to create a half-acre earthwork as part of its 2003 Christmas Book

Art by the Half-Acre. Neiman Marcus commissioned Stan to create a half-acre earthwork as part of its 2003 Christmas Book

Representational crop art by Stan Herd

Representational crop art by Stan Herd

Representational crop art by Stan Herd

Crop art by American artist Stan Herd

Representational crop art by Stan Herd

Crop art by American artist Stan Herd

Representational crop art by Stan Herd

Crop art by American artist Stan Herd

Representational crop art by Stan Herd

Crop art by American artist Stan Herd

Representational crop art by Stan Herd

Crop art by American artist Stan Herd

Representational crop art by Stan Herd

Crop art by American artist Stan Herd

Representational crop art by Stan Herd

Crop art by American artist Stan Herd

Representational crop art by Stan Herd

Crop art by American artist Stan Herd

Representational crop art by Stan Herd

Crop art by American artist Stan Herd

Representational crop art by Stan Herd

Crop art by American artist Stan Herd

Stan Herd

Stan Herd

Stan Herd

Stan Herd

Representational crop art by Stan Herd

Crop art by American artist Stan Herd

Earthwork, award-winning film at more than 50 film festivals in the United States alone and filmed on location in Lawrence and New York City, tells the true story of Herd’s transformation of a large, trash-strewn, barren lot near a graffiti-laced underground railway tunnel inhabited with the homeless into his work entitled Countryside.

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