Monday, August 10, 2015

Concrete Corn

In Dublin, Ohio, there are 109 human-sized concrete ears of corn planted in a field.
It's a strange art installation that (I think) is supposed to a commentary on how the fertile land in this area of Ohio is no longer used to grow crops, but instead houses factories, warehouses, and over-sized buildings that are the world headquarters for fast food restaurant chains.

The entire premise of this art is kind of bizarre. It's kind of pointed.  It's kind of amazing.

Look, corn grows on stalks; it doesn't actually grow from the ground with the cobs buried in the soil.  But, I think that's the point. How many people actually know what a corn plant looks like as we, as a society, get further and further away from our agrarian past? 
So if you ever find yourself wondering what you should do with a random morning in the middle of Ohio, check out the Field of Corn.

There are no interactive parts, screens blasting loud sounds, or docents leading tours. Instead, you find yourself surrounded by big, ugly modern buildings in an oasis of calm and thoughtfulness.
Or you might just think it's sort of fun to wander up and down faux rows of corn and wonder why 109 was the chosen number or why Cochran chose the medium of concrete or if the molds used to make the cobs are still around and available for use. 
Or maybe you'll just lay on the ground and imagine a dinner made entirely from one of these giant cobs of corn. If it wasn't made of concrete, of course.

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