In a field about one and a half miles from Texas’s Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, Kansas-based artist Stan Herd
has made a two-acre (almost the size of two football fields) ‘crop circle’ portrait of 2020 presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke with the words ‘BETO 2020’ at its base. The work can be seen by those aboard planes arriving or landing at the airport.
Herd (who was once called the ‘Father of Crop Art’ by CBS’s Dan Rather) chose to render O’Rourke’s likeness using primarily materials sourced from the worksite itself, including earth, gravel, sand, mulch, and rock. Pecans being such a major product for Texas, he opted to capture the brown of the candidate’s eyes using pecan shells.