crop artist
n. A person who creates designs by manipulating crops and other agricultural products.
Other Forms
With black beans, split peas, yellow lentils, dill seed and wild rice, you can make a savory stew — or create an art masterpiece. Works by a dozen of the state's finest crop artists whose celebrity portraits have been displayed at the State Fair are showcased in "Crop Art at the King," opening Saturday evening at T Designshop Gallery in the Northrup King Building in northeast Minneapolis.
—Tim Harlow, “Weekend Watch,” Star Tribune, November 29, 2001
Once the media became interested, these simple circles changed into pictograms of a highly complex structure, with circles, curves and straight lines in obviously artistic patterns. More recently images of animals, snails, whales and insects have become common and there have even been messages, such as: 'We are not alone.' This escalation is a result of 'crop artists' playing to the crowds and the many hundreds of 'crop watchers' to fake evermore dramatic patterns, while avoiding detection.
—“Moving in the best circles,” Daily Mail (London), March 13, 1998
1986 (earliest)
It's the latest work of crop art by Stan Herd of nearby Lawrence.

Herd, 36, who normally does conventional-sized paintings of rural Kansas landscapes and murals depicting scenes of the Old West, in the last five years has created three works of crop art so immense that it has been possible to view them only from the air.

In 1981 the crop artist did a 160-acre portrait of Kiowa Indian chief Satanta out of wheat and stubble. Two years later he did a 160-acre portrait of Will Rogers in wheat, milo and plowed earth. Both were on farms near Dodge City.
—Charles Hillinger, “A bumper crop of art grows on Kansas far,” Los Angeles Times, November 02, 1986
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