A Dublin landmark is a quarter of a century old.
The Dublin Arts Council is celebrating the 25th anniversary of “Field of Corn (with Osage Orange Trees)” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the sculpture site in Frantz Park, 4995 Rings Road in Dublin.
Columbus sculptor Malcolm Cochran, a professor of sculpture at Ohio State University, created “Field of Corn.” It was the third art installation in the arts council’s Art in Public Places initiative, and at a cost of $70,000 in 1994, it was the subject of mixed reviews.
The sculpture was valued at $610,000 in 2017, according to the arts council’s Janet Cooper.
According to the Dublin Arts Council’s website, dublinarts.org, “Field of Corn” is on a site once farmed by Sam Frantz, a leader in the use of hybridized corn.
Frantz’s widow, Eulalia Frantz, attended the dedication of the sculpture with their daughter and son. With support of the Dublin Historical Society, the site since has been named Frantz Park, according to dublinarts.org.
Cochran visited the site in July 1993 and, according to the website, noted a short row of mature Osage orange trees, plantings that at one time would have extended for miles.
The link to the not-so-distant farming past of the site led the artist to propose a field of human-size ears of corn, according to the website.
Arts council executive director David Guion said the work always sparks conversation.
“I think people either love it or they hate it, and they’re all willing to talk about it,” he said.
When arts council staff began brainstorming ways to celebrate 109 6-foot-tall “ears” of corn made from concrete and each weighing 1,500 pounds, they had to go a bit crazy and think of everything having to do with the vegetables, Guion said.
“It’s sort of like planning a party,” he said.
Corn-themed festivities will include a corn maze, cornhole games, print-making with corn and osage oranges, corn-inspired menu items from Tortilla Street Food and Laguna Mexican Street Food & Ice Cream, D A Concessions’ kettle corn and Al’s Delicious Popcorn.
The rain-or-shine event also will feature an artist talk with Cochran, tai chi, yoga and a birthday cake.
Free parking will be available at the DNV GL, 5777 Frantz Road, and Cardinal Health Inc., 5100 Rings Road, business parking lots.
Cora Sheets, a Dublin Arts Council board member, said the event would include activities for children like her daughter, 5-year-old daughter, Gwen, who will be able to go through the corn maze and participate in arts experiences, and for older audiences, who will be able to listen to the artist.
“I think it’s just a really great community event,” she said.
According to dublinarts.org, the public-art program was launched in 1988 and includes more than 70 sculptural elements.
The collection, valued at more than $3.2 million, according to the website, includes both large and small visual artworks.
For descriptions and photographs of the program, go to dublinarts.org/visual-arts/publicart.