Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Pro-Biden artwork from the 'Father of Crop Art' chiseled into hay field in Racine County

From JSOnline:

JR Radcliffe
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Believe it or not, Stan Herd said finding the right plot of land is just as time-consuming as the artwork itself.

The 70-year-old Kansas artist, once called the "Father of Crop Art" by CBS news anchor Dan Rather, has been crafting massive designs into fields since the early 1980s. But he's on a new mission now, engineering messages promoting the Joe Biden campaign, not coincidentally in swing states Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. 

In Wisconsin, Herd wanted a property large enough for a pro-farmer message and close enough to air traffic patterns where travelers will see the work from above. With that in mind, he reached out to Neil and Jennifer Young about their 180-acre property in the Village of Yorkville in Racine County.

"We've done some work with the local Democratic Party and had some fundraisers for Tammy Baldwin on our farm," Jennifer said. "We got a call that there's a crop artist interested in finding a place about 2 to 3 acres, and they explained what they wanted to do. We walked over to some places that we thought would be good, and the perfect place is in our hay field.

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