Stan Herd

From the artist’s 160 acre portrait of Kiowa Chief Satanta in 1981 through 35 monumental earthworks over the next 40 years, Stan Herd would become known as the ‘Father of Crop Art’, a term coined by Dan Rather on CBS evening news, his work was featured in major publications in 30 countries around the world and on major networks in the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, Cuba, Australia, China, the Arab Emirates and Japan.

A few years after Herds earthwork’s were featured on two highly popular Japanese television shows, artists in Inakadate province north of Tokyo began creating giant designs in rice fields to promote the history of rice farming, transforming the country of Japan and their celebration of field art into part of the Nation’s global persona. In 1993 Disney executive Don
Franz carried Herds book “Crop Art & Other Earthworks (Harry N Abrams) into farm country in Pennsylvania to begin a global movement of corn maze designs still popular around the planet. Herds work has helped transform the way the World looks at the land from above.

Always amazed at people who can see things this way and recreate such a complex painting in a completely different form. Stan is the man.

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