Not a Cornfield, by Lauren Bon

Arial view of This is Not a Cornfield.

Artist: Lauren Bon

Title:  Not a Cornfield

Year created: 2005-2006

Location: Los Angeles, USA

Materials: A corn field, website, and the cycle of plantation and harvest.

What is the piece’s impact? The project transformed a 32-acre industrial brownfield site into a cornfield for one agricultural cycle. The seeds were planted mostly by machine, and was irrigated by drip tape.

How does this project relate to this change as art? This project led people to reimagine the use of an abandoned space, prior to it being transformed into a park. It was a temporary piece, though there is still corn in the park, as that relates to the history of the site.

What makes this an artistic project? The concept was developed and managed by an artist – it was considered an organic sculpture. Some funding was secured though art foundations, such as the Getty foundation.

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