The Incredible Earthworks of Stan Herd
An installation Herd completed in 1994, Countryside, which was an image of a pastoral Kansas landscape on an acre of property owned by Donald Trump in New York City, is the subject of an independent film by Chris Ordal called Earthwork. The film’s Kansas premiere, in Herd’s adopted hometown of Lawrence, took place September 10, 2010, at the Lawrence Arts Center. Earthwork won awards at more than 50 film festivals in the United States alone.
His most recent project is a 1.2-acre recreation of Van Gogh’s famous artwork, Olive Trees which he “planted” in Minneapolis. The piece was commissioned by the Minneapolis Institute of Art and involved weeks of mowing, digging, planting, and earthscaping to create the piece viewable from the air near the Minneapolis airport.