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Van Gogh via airplane: Check out this amazing Mia-sponsored landscape art

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Folks flying into the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport will be treated to an extra-special view this fall. Landscape artist Stan Herd has been working to create a large-scale replication of van Gogh's Olive Tree painting, which can now be seen by aircraft passengers flying into the Twin Cities. The piece is part of the Mia's 100th anniversary celebration.

The project began last spring. Over the past two seasons, Herd has been working with dirt, plants, and other bits of nature to recreate van Gogh's iconic painting. Herd's first piece of crop art, created over 40 years ago, took about four years to complete. This project took mere months. The image, which looks pretty sharp now, will continue to grow and change this fall into winter.

"I've always had a fascination with van Gogh," says Herd while wandering the museum during a video on the project. "When I walk in here and see this painting, the first things I look at is what plants, and what soils, and what mulch, and what things might I plant into this."

The artwork can be found on the campus of Thomson Reuters in Eagan. The piece is part of the Mia's 100th birthday celebration, which so far has featured surprise installations, pop-up art shows, and commissioned works to be discovered outside of the museum.

Learn a little bit more about Herd's process in the Mia video below.

Stan Herd, Of Us and Art: The 100 Videos Project, Episode 30 from Minneapolis Institute of Art on Vimeo.