Corn Zone


This installation of Corn Zone is dedicated in loving memory to our friend Thomas A. Gildehaus, 1940-2014

Corn Zone
is back at the Figge this summer. Stop in and experience this popular installation!

With fragile glass corn suspended from the museum's ceiling carefully with rope, the "Corn Zone" exhibit means to show Figge visitors the potential danger of genetic modification. Its message covers contemporary issues in farming with bright and cheerful colors that do not entirely mask the risks that come with modifying nature. The art shows a farming story, both fruitful and dangerous, and underscores the significance of human manipulation in modern farming.

Because of artist Michael Meilahn's two careers, farming and art, an ear of corn became the point of convergence for him. "An ear of corn, in my world, is the point of convergence. That point just happened to my careers, farming and art. Corn is not the usual tool to convergence. Lines, rows, numbers, higher prices, lower prices, color spectrums, mapping, information technology, air masses, hybrids, and species commonly lead to convergence; but, corn has unwittingly been the catalyst" says Meilahn.

This exhibition will be on view in the first floor orientation gallery through June 8.

Michael Meilahn and Nick Nebel, Corn Zone, 2007, glass, polyester rope, and video projections. Anonymous gift in honor of Thomas Gildehaus, Figge patron and former Board of Trustees president, 2009.003.a-bb.