AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — The face of Beto O’Rourke has been temporarily enshrined in a field near the Texas capital as the former Democratic congressman runs for president.
A 2-acre circle with an image of the El Paso politician’s face has been carved into a field near Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The crop art also includes the words “Beto 2020.”
Kansas artist Stan Herd is responsible for the work, which is visible to passing airplanes. He says he wants to show support for O’Rourke, who rose to prominence while trying to unseat Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018.
“I believe Beto has a unique voice. I think he has a unique populist message,” Herd said. “I decided to come down and add my voice to that.”
Herd said he used grass, mulch and clay to create the portrait that was unveiled Sunday at Carson Creek Ranch. Land was donated for the project.
Herd said he expects the portrait to last about two weeks before deteriorating due to weather.
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