Field of Concrete Corn

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Randomly Spotted on the Galactic Interweb…

Field of Corn Some cities claim fame to breathtaking bridges or hand-carved statues. What do I get to claim? Corn. It’s not just any old corn, though. It’s concrete corn. Yep, an entire field of it, too. While it’s a fairly strange site to see a field of concrete corn, there is actually a nifty little story behind it on RoadsideAmerica.com:

…it’s also a salute to Sam Frantz, an inventor of hybrid corns, and a very weird sight along the highway.

Frantz farmed this site from 1935 to 1963, using it as as a study field for tasty mutant strains. Frantz was “well known for his development of hybrid corn seeds,” and worked with Ohio State University on hybridization projects. He donated this land, now named Sam and Eulalia Frantz Park, after its farming days were over.

The artist brought in by the Dublin Arts Council to create the environment of corn, Malcolm Cochran, completed the field in 1994. A row of old Osage Orange Trees anchors the west side of the park, where you’ll find signs explaining hybridization and describing the project. Three different molds were used to create the concrete ears of corn. The variety Cochran used is a “double-cross hybrid called Corn Belt Dent Corn.”

Intended by the Arts Council to remind residents of the area’s long-gone agricultural heritage, the Field of Corn instantly became a joke — giant inedible food — paid for with tax dollars, and surrounded by a sprawl of corporate offices, bland businesses and suburban neighborhoods.

What do you think of my local field of corn? Ironic? Amusing? Art?

via RoadsideAmerica.com

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21 Comments

  1. Orchid says:

    That’s awesome! I love things like that- so utterly ridiculous they take on a surreal beauty.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I live really close to that! My boyfriend and I both immediately saw it on the homepage.

  3. Liz says:

    Haha, awesome! I was in Dublin this summer to go to the Irish Festival, and I saw those. :] A very interesting sight.

  4. sweets4ever says:

    I agree, Orchid!

    Jacky, hahaha, oh my!

    Really, Anon? We’re not too far from it.

    Liz, I was supposed to go to the Irish Festival, but didn’t make it there. Boo.

  5. Condo Blues says:

    When I’m in that part of the city, I always use it as a landmark when asking directions. People always know what I’m taking about!

  6. Anonymous 2 says:

    I think one giant concrete corn statue would have been good enough, but hey, at least it’s interesting.

  7. amazing…after there you could stop by the corn palace in mitchell, sd and then go make a corn salad with all the fresh corn we are having this summer!

  8. Amanda says:

    Whoa! Giant corn! I’m thinkin road trip-NOW!

  9. Genie says:

    Every time we have meetings at OCLC, I drive by the concrete corn. It’s great!

  10. Erin Fagen says:

    It somehow doesn’t surprise me in a country where 80% of the average diet is corn based!To understand why that is, watch “King Corn”-shamefull.

  11. Jesseca says:

    Nice. I’ve seen many a bizarre thing on road trips, but I think concrete corn tops the list. Personally, I live near the giant roadside dinosaur that Pee Wee visits in Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.

  12. Riechan says:

    hahaha corn henge!
    It looks really cool!
    I wonder how it feels wandering around there…

  13. Mandy says:

    I found that by accident when I first moved to Columbus in 2006 and wondered what it was, lol.

  14. Aimee says:

    Yeah Ohio! I live like 5 mins from this and every time I pass it I shake my head and laugh. OH-IO!

  15. Manny says:

    Haha, I just drove past this last weekend.. The weird thing is placement.. office, office, office, office, giant corn, office office ;)

    We always thought they should have added a giant concrete raccoon later :D

  16. Edie says:

    Holy Cow! Just came back from a kitschy summer roadtrip and now wished I’d added Ohio to the itinerary. Dang!

  17. sweets4ever says:

    Manny, that is SO funny — office, office, GIANT CORN! I love it.

  18. sweets4ever says:

    Have you guys seen the Longaberger office building that’s a basket? It’s not too far from the corn, maybe 45 – an hour. http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/10658

  19. Megan says:

    There are letterboxes hidden in the park, too. (www.letterboxing.org).
    Dublin has so many great parks!

  20. sweets4ever says:

    Thanks, Megan! We haven’t done any letterboxing this year, but did a few last year. It’s a lot of fun! We did some around Reynoldsburg and Pickerington. I think I NEED to find the corn boxes (that sounds weird)!

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