Italian farmer turns field into Putin portrait ahead of G20

An Italian artist has used his tractor to transform a field near the Italian city of Verona into a giant portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin

In this picture taken Monday, July 3, 2017, a giant portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared in a field in Castagnaro, near the northern Italian city of Verona. Alongside was the caption "G20 2017" and the signature of Italian land-artist Dario Gambarin. Gambarin used a tractor to create the 135 metre (443 foot) wide picture just a few days ahead of the fortcoming G20 summit, to be held in Hamburg July 7-8. Gambarin says he doesn't measure the field before starting his work, but is apparently able to create perfectly dimensioned giant images with just an innate sense of proportion and the ability to drive a tractor.(Dario Gambarin via AP)

MILAN (AP) — An Italian artist has used his tractor to transform a field near the Italian city of Verona into a giant portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin ahead of this week’s Group of 20 summit.

The 135-meter (443-foot) -wide Putin portrait that artist Dario Gambarin created only can be properly viewed from above due to its scale.

Gambarin created similar land portraits of Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton during the U.S. presidential race last year.

The artist says he doesn’t measure fields before he starts driving, but creates his giant images with a good eye and tractor skills.

Gambarin limits his creations to the brief period between the harvest of one crop and the planting of the next, meaning Putin’s portrait will be cut down after a few days.