No, aliens didn't swoop down on Illinois to carve these fascinating designs. They're the work of artists who visit Oregon,
Illinois, for the Fields Project.
Fields Project Art Festival aims to bring art and agriculture together. And while the terrestrial artists may just be from out of town, the results are
out of this world.
The project, a 9-day arts workshop and retreat in Ogle County, is the brainchild of a group of
Oregon farmers who wanted to build their area into a tourist attraction. Local families host the painters, photographers and sculptors
as they create, letting artists and farmers learn from each others' field of expertise.
The festival continues Oregon's long marriage to the arts, jump-started more than a century ago when famed Illinois sculptor
Lorado Taft founded the
Eagle's Nest Art Colony on the banks of the Rock River. Taft's Black Hawk statue, the second largest concrete statue in the world, looks out over
the river where artists continue to come for inspiration.
See more work by field sculptor
Read about the
Fields Project and participating artists and learn how you can
take part in the project.