Who is Stan Herd?
Stan Herd, American Crop artist creates images, or Earthworks, on large areas of land, especially in Kansas. His work is sometimes called Living sculpture. He plots his designs and then executes them by planting, mowing, and sometimes burning, or plowing the land. Two of Herd's first Kansas installations were the 160-acre portraits of Kiowa War Chief Satanta and Will Rogers. These artworks can be seen in Herd's 1994 book on Crop art. He is associated with the Prairie Renaissance Movement. Herd's website includes photos of his work and a list of some of the media coverage of his various projects, including an article in Smithsonian magazine. website and National Geographic's World magazine. Herd made several trips to Havana to create Rosa Blanca in 2001, an image of a white rose in honor of the 19th-century Cuban poet José Martí. Herd's work has been seen on: CBS Sunday Morning; Fox Television Breakfast Time; Dateline NBC; CNN News; Good Morning America ABC; and National Public Radio, All Things Considered.
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, KS, took place September 10, 2010, at the Lawrence Arts Center. 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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