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Photos: Van Gogh comes to life in Eagan field

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Completed crop art
The crop art version of van Gogh's "Olive Trees" by artist Stan Herd, Friday, Sept. 11, 2015.
Courtesy of Thomson Reuters

In Eagan Friday morning, crop artist Stan Herd was putting the finishing touches on his latest huge work. It's a 1.2-acre rendition of Vincent van Gogh's painting "Olive Trees."

  "It never looks like I want it to," he said. "I always know it could be much better. But I'm fairly satisfied with it."

  The original painting is part of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts collection. For the past six months, Herd has been at work on a parcel of land on the edge of the Thomson Reuters campus, planting, weeding and watering to bring the painting to life. It's part of the institute's centennial celebrations.

  "I bit off a lot here, to try to pull this off," Herd said. "A few of the plants were eaten by deer, and a few were blown over. But that's the dance of nature."