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Goodland, Kansas

Giant Van Gogh Painting

Massive still life just off the highway in Kansas. 

There is no mystery behind Cameron Cross’ Big Easel Project, and the public work is exactly as it sounds. In 2001, Cross began work on a 24 by 32 foot reproduction of Van Gogh’s “Three Sunflowers in a Vase,” which he then displayed on a giant steel easel on the outskirts of Goodland, Kansas.

Somewhere between roadside attraction and part of the landscape, the massive still life replication easily draws the gaze of drivers and visitors, but seldom sees much more attention than that.

Cross first dreamt up the idea in his hometown of Altona, Canada. After working as a teacher and artist in the town, he wanted to give something back, and so decided to recreate one of the Dutch master’s works. Well received locally, Cross traveled across the world to Australia and eventually Kansas where he erected his massive picture on an 80-foot easel off of I-70.

Know Before You Go

Free parking lot is located behind the easel. And a spot light in front of the easel makes night time viewing possible.