In 1994, real-life crop artist Stan Herd traveled from Kansas to Manhattan's Upper West Side to create a massive environmental artwork on land owned by Donald Trump. The multi-acre artwork was made from soil, rock, plants and vegetation near an underground railway tunnel. Stan recruited a number of homeless individuals living in the tunnel to become his crew. Over the months it took to complete the earthwork, Stan dealt with a myriad of difficulties in bringing his unique, rural art form to an urban canvas and the many costs his art exacted upon his life. In the process, he unexpectedly encountered the true meaning of his art and it's ultimate, lasting rewards.Written by
This is an excellent film about art and the artist. In this case, Stan Herd, a man compelled to make temporary works of art from mother nature using plants, rocks, timber, and his remarkable vision. The best parts of the film are John Hawkes as Stan Herd and the actual earthwork art. The supporting cast have many great moments. I would rate it higher if the art made more appearances during the movie, because they are awe inspiring.
The set they recreated of the graffiti wall and grassy lot - looked identical to the original location footage in New York City. I would never have known it was shot in Kansas. There were times when the movie felt boxed in, because the filmmakers were limited to shooting in one direction - at the wall set piece.
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