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Wolfgang Amadeus Cropart

Posted at 7:57 AM on August 25, 2006 by Rex Levang

It's Minnesota State Fair time, when Minnesotans get in touch with their agricultural heritage, and yes, it's true . . . I own a crop-art picture of Mozart.

Sorry I can't post the image, but you can get a certain sense of what it might look like on this site, which contains other works by Lillian Colton, the artist who created the Mozart.

And if crop art, a. k. a. seed art, is a totally new concept to you: these are pictures made, mosaic-fashion, out of seeds, grains, and the like. When you commission a piece from Lillian Colton (which is how the Mozart portrait came to be), you also get a guide to the materials used. In this case, they were:

red clover
ground white corn
pine needles
white millet
pearled barley