OOSI Sculpture

Field of Corn

1994 / Malcolm Cochran / Dublin

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Field of Corn (with Osage Orange Trees) is a consise example of on of Cochran's outdoor commissions. The sire chosen for thepiece by Dublin, OH was a large traffic island, cut off from neighborhood subdivisions by two roads. In reseraching the site, Cochran discovered that th eland had been farmed fo 1800 years and had been owned by a leading corn hybridizer in the 1940s and '50s. To honor this endevor, Cochran placed 109 concrete ears of corn, each approximately six feet high, into the ground in even rows. The resulting piece refers naturally to a cornfield, but closely resemeble the identical white grave markers in Arlington National Cemetary. Cochran finished the piece by creating a row of text panels that explain the history of corn production and set them among Osage orange trees that existed as part of the sire and were traditionally used as windbreaks and field dividers. From Malcolm Cochran [re] collection, 1999.

Location: Sam and Eulaila Frantz Park, Corners of Frantz and Rings Roads

County

: Franklin

Citation

: Malcolm Cochran, “Field of Corn,” Ohio Outdoor Sculpture Inventory, accessed October 19, 2017, http://oosi.sculpturecenter.org/items/show/986.

Dublin Core

Title

Field of Corn

Description

Field of Corn (with Osage Orange Trees) is a consise example of on of Cochran's outdoor commissions. The sire chosen for thepiece by Dublin, OH was a large traffic island, cut off from neighborhood subdivisions by two roads. In reseraching the site, Cochran discovered that th eland had been farmed fo 1800 years and had been owned by a leading corn hybridizer in the 1940s and '50s. To honor this endevor, Cochran placed 109 concrete ears of corn, each approximately six feet high, into the ground in even rows. The resulting piece refers naturally to a cornfield, but closely resemeble the identical white grave markers in Arlington National Cemetary. Cochran finished the piece by creating a row of text panels that explain the history of corn production and set them among Osage orange trees that existed as part of the sire and were traditionally used as windbreaks and field dividers. From Malcolm Cochran [re] collection, 1999.

Creator

Date

1994

Sculpture Item Type Metadata

Location City

Location County

Location Site

Sam and Eulaila Frantz Park

Location Street

Corners of Frantz and Rings Roads

Installation Date

10/01/1994

Creation Date

10/01/1994