In 1988 Stan Herd planted and plowed a field of soybeans in Ottawa, Kansas into a five-acre drawing of two crushed soda cans—one Coke and one Pepsi. So large as to be fully viewable only by air, he sought volunteers to wear red or blue T-shirts to provide the full color “trade dress” for the two competing brands.
THE SUCCESS of his first attempt at “pop art” depends largely on the number of people who come out to celebrate the Ottawa Community Arts Council’s 10th anniversary. Herd said he needs about 1500 people to make the red and blue portions of the field sculpture adequately dense. “It’s pop art because of the crushed cans, op art because it’s an optical illusion, crop art because it’s in a field and flop art if no one shows up,” he said.
Lawrence Journal, October 19, 1988
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