Artist Creates Image of Vladimir Putin in Wheat Field Ahead of G20 Summit
An Italian artist has once again taken to a wheat field, this time to plow an elaborate portrait of Russian strongman Vladimir Putin ahead of the upcoming G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany.
Artist Dario Gambarin used his plowing skills to make the portrait in a field in Castognaro, outside Verona, with Putin's name written in Cyrillic with “G20” scrawled into the area.
The reason for his new work is to mark the gathering of "the greats of the earth," Gambarin said in a statement.
“We all hope that this appointment will be profitable to address the both economic and migratory issues that affect the world,” he said.
The G20 Summit, slated for July 7-8, will see world leaders in the world including President Trump, Germany’s Angela Merkel, the U.K.’s Theresa May, Canada’s Justin Trudeau and Putin all meeting to discuss world issues such as the crisis in Syria, nuclear arms, climate change and fair trade.
Gambarin says he doesn't measure the field before starting his work, and is apparently able to create perfectly dimensioned giant images with just an innate sense of proportion and the ability to drive a tractor.
The sheer scale of his pictures mean they can only be properly viewed from above. Gambarin’s portrait also features Putin’s signature blue eyes painted into the field.
He told InsideEdition.com it took him a whole day to create the face in the blistering sun and humid temperatures. He started it Sunday afternoon and finished Monday afternoon.
"I like doing these," he told InsideEdition.com. "I want everyone to know that I am an artist and not a politician but politics do play an important role in my work."
He said he went with Putin to try and bring attention to thing issues that the world is facing and many of them rest on the Russian leader's shoulders.
The artist deletes his works after a few days so that the field can be cultivated as usual; his works are always created between the harvest of the crop and the sowing of seeds for the next one.
In the past, Gambarin has plowed the faces of Nelson Mandela, Hillary Clinton, Trump and Italian soccer star Mario Balotelli into the field.
He uses different fields for almost every portrait he makes, however, for the Putin image he purposely used the same plot of land he did the Trump image last year.
He has also recreated the iconic expressionist artist Edvard Munch’s painting, "The Scream."
The artist says he has been doing this for 10 years and his first was a portrait of President Obama with the message: “The Hope Is in the Land."
"I am surprised when the whole world sees them," he said of the widespread coverage of his art.
He told InsideEdition.com he started the hobby for a "new challenge" and wanted to use "natural resources" to make his art and "be outside more."
Gambarin is also a world-renowned painter who has had his work displayed in Italy, Turkey, Germany and America.
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