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A 75-Year-Old Retired Farmer Plowed Prince's Symbol Into A Corn Field

A unique way to honor one of the country's most iconic artists.

Last updated on May 3, 2016, at 3:50 p.m. ET

Posted on May 3, 2016, at 12:27 p.m. ET

This is Gene Hanson, a 75-year-old retired farmer in North Dakota and a huge Prince fan.

Gene Hanson / Via

Prince died April 21 at his estate in Minneapolis at age 57.

(AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

His death sparked a number of purple-themed as well as celebrity tributes, and screenings across the country of the artist's iconic film, Purple Rain.

But Hanson's tribute to the late artist may just out-do them all.

Gene Hanson / Via

Hanson, who lives in Edgeley, told BuzzFeed News he has always loved the song "Purple Rain."

He decided to jump into his tractor on Friday to pay respects to Prince doing what any career farmer might do — plow a corn field.

Gene Hanson / Via

He's etched other phrases like "Happy Mother's Day" and "Happy Easter" for other occasions. So it seemed natural to him that he'd gear up his old tractor to plow Prince's sign to honor his life.

He found an image of Prince’s symbol online, entered it into his tractor’s dash, and followed the pattern.

Gene Hanson

Forty-five minutes later, Hanson plowed a football field-size rendition of the image.

"It wasn't the most complicated," he said.

He flew over the image in his plane to check out his work and was surprised to see how well it turned out.

"The Lord has some ways of doing things," he said. "It worked out on the first try."

But this corn field tribute is only temporary. Hanson said the farmer who rents the field from him plans to plant corn seeds on Wednesday.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.