Artist creates 2-acre ‘Beto 2020’ crop circle in Texas

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Days after former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) announced his presidential run, a crop circle the size of roughly two football fields emerged in Austin in support of the Democrat.

Artist Stan Herd told a local ABC station on Monday that it took him roughly two weeks to put the piece together. 

“The first thing I do is find a canvas,” Herd, an “earth artist” based out of Kansas, told the station.

Herd said the materials he then used for the project — including elements like rock, gravel and mulch — were found on site.

“Pecans are a big product in Texas,” Herd told the station while pointing to parts of O’Rourke’s eyes. “It’s a nice brown color.”

{mosads}Herd said his team tried to place the artwork, which is located roughly 1 1/2 miles away from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, “close to an airport to guarantee a closer audience.”

Herd said he is “trying to tell the story of this amazing man from Texas making a difference in the national climate” with the massive piece of art.

John Zarr, who assisted Herd in putting the portrait of O’Rourke together, told the station “Herd was in the field for hours a day” to create the artwork. 

Zarr said the artwork cost more than $10,000 to create. He told the station that he and Herd hope the piece becomes part of a much larger conversation. 

“Why not let your voice be heard?” Zarr said.

“Part of the beauty in this is that everyone contributing feels like they are part of something larger than any one person or institution,” he continued.

“Everyone is trying to decide where we go as a nation,” Herd added.


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