In 1994, real-life crop artist Stan Herd traveled from Kansas to Manhattan’s Upper West Side to create a massive environmental artwork on land owned by Donald Trump. The multi-acre artwork was made from soil, rock, plants and vegetation near an underground railway tunnel. Stan recruited a number of homeless individuals living in the tunnel to become his crew. Over the months it took to complete the earthwork, Stan dealt with a myriad of difficulties in bringing his unique, rural art form to an urban canvas and the many costs his art exacted upon his life. In the process, he unexpectedly encountered the true meaning of his art and it’s ultimate, lasting rewards.
Earth Works is based on a true story of a man, Stan Herd, who does sculptures that can only really be appreciated from a helicopter. It stars John Hawkes who was nominated for an Oscar for Winter Bones. So he is a good actor. The problem is you should’ve cared about him, but you know with all of the things going on in the world, it’s hard to summon a whole lot of energy for the fact that he basically lies to his wife, leaves his kid. He does get himself involved with homeless people, but to say this is pie in the sky doesn’t begin to explain how pie in the sky it really is. But I liked it, it’s just, you know I just don’t think it is going to make $0.48. I might give it three stars.