You’ve Heard of Stonehenge, but Did You Know Ohio is Home to “Cornhenge?”
In preparation for our trip to Columbus, my son, Rollins, researched other fun things for us to do while we were there. I told him we would have some time in the afternoon to do whatever else he wanted. I knew there was a great zoo, an amazing science center, and some interactive art exhibits. Well, I wasn’t really considering the fact that nine-year-olds can be kinda weird.
Y’all will never guess what he chose for his afternoon activity. Located in Dublin, Ohio on former farmland now named Sam and Eulalia Frantz Park, is a Field of Corn.
You wouldn’t want to sink your teeth into these bad boys though, they’d chip your chompers! Also known as “Cornhenge,” this art installation consists of rows of 109 human-sized concrete ears of corn! On one end of the field are markers to explain the meaning behind this public exhibit by a couple of gorgeous Osage Orange Trees.
The History of the Giant Corn
Sculpted by artist Malcolm Cochran in 1994 as a tribute to Sam Frantz inventor of hybrid species of corn, this award-winning monument also serves as a reminder of Central Ohio’s rich agricultural past in an area that had seen farmland transformed into modern suburbia.
Initially, this project was not well received by the community because of the goofy nature of the idea. However, its quirky appeal has become a popular roadside attraction over the years. When Rollins told us about this place, we were surprised that something like this existed, but totally hooked! It’s such a unique idea that we had to check it out.
I have always thought it would be fun to make a list of other weird public art and “world’s largest” sculptures to plan a road trip around. What are some interesting places you would recommend visiting?