Dublin's concrete cornfield has hosted video satires, documentaries and even a wedding since its 1994 dedication.

Editor's note: This is the third in an eight-part series on public art in Dublin.

Dublin's concrete cornfield has hosted video satires, documentaries and even a wedding since its 1994 dedication.

Love it or hate it, the public artwork -- officially called "Field of Corn with Osage Orange Trees" and consisting of 109 1,500-pound ears of corn -- has brought notoriety to the city.

The 6-foot tall ears of corn are featured on roadsideamerica.com and can be found in "Ohio Oddities," a book that outlines unusual attractions in the state.

The artwork, designed by Ohio State University arts professor Malcolm Cochran, also was featured in a Cottonelle ad alongside the company's Labrador mascot.

The work has received attention -- good and bad --from the beginning.

"It was very controversial when it was completed and even during the process," said Dublin Arts Council executive director David Guion. "The main problem with the piece was (people) thought tax money was being spent on 109 ears of concrete corn and that's not the case. It was bed tax funding."

A letter written by Dublin City Council member Mike Keenan when the corn was erected earned him a spot on the arts council. In the letter, signed "Corn-fused in Dublin," Keenan said he didn't know what all the controversy was about.

"I don't understand the controversy," he told the Villager last week. "It's a metaphor about Dublin; we used to be an agricultural community, but now we have more of an urban setting."

Parks and open space director Fred Hahn recalled the controversy before the art's dedication.

"Whether it was people on the Dublin Arts Council or the city council, there were a lot of people to tell them how ridiculous it was," he said.

Things were set straight, Hahn said, when Eulalia Frantz spoke at the dedication ceremony. The field of corn sits on land previously owned by Sam and Eulalia Frantz, and the park carries their names.

"This frail woman who has ties to the land gets up and tells everyone how wonderful it is," Hahn said. "It really kind of took the air out of all the negative stuff going around. I really thought it was a highlight of the ceremony."

Sam Frantz invented a form of corn hybridization -- a fact that escaped the arts council when the work was chosen, according to a 1994 story in The Columbus Dispatch.

Despite some negativity at the outset, the concrete cornfield has become an icon for Dublin.

"Over time it became iconic," Guion said. "People recognize that sculpture as representative of Dublin."

Keenan said you'd be hard pressed to drive by on the weekend and not see someone taking photos.

"I think people like it," he said. "They talk about it all the time."

The corn has appeared on YouTube and Hahn said it's been the backdrop for a wedding.

"There was one of those theme weddings out there," he said. "I don't remember what the bride wore, but the groom wore bib overalls."

The art in public places program, Guion said, is meant to get people thinking and talk-ing.

"The field of corn has sparked dialogue and controversy," he said. "That's one of the reasons art is important in our society. It draws talk from all different angles."