Earthwork movie poster
  • Rated PG | 1 hour, 33 minutes

Stan Herd (John Hawkes of Winter’s Bone) is an “earth artist,” a naïve, likeable hayseed from Kansas who in 1994 transforms an empty New York lot into a sprawling garden sculpture (best seen from the air) before Donald Trump builds a high-rise there. We are spared Trump but get lots of garden labor and fretful lessons in art-as-struggle. Herd’s homeless helpers are played as quaint slices of life. Chris Ordal’s simple film cheats (for budget reasons?) on Manhattan vistas and turns Herd, an actual artist, into a kind of hippie-hokey dreamer who is, in this, dull. 2011.

David Elliott

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