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THE GOLD PHASE OF THE PROJECT
As October moves into November, the irrigation lines have been lifted from the Not A Cornfield site and a gold blush slowly spreads through the field as the corn dries out in readiness for harvest. Once harvested, the corn stalks, leaves and husks will be processed into ecyclable materials, the majority of the ears will be used to produce ethanol, and the rest will be saved for seed stock.
A late crop grown to be stored against winter scarcity, corn has long been a cross-cultural symbol of abundance after labor, and hope for the coming of spring. At the same time, the corn harvest is also associated with such markers of autumn’s shortening days and lengthening nights as Halloween and the Day of the Dead.
We invite you all to come and work, play, and celebrate the corn, the cornfield, and the season with us. The corn will be hand-harvested in such a way that a series of half-acre ‘rooms’ will be opened up in the field, providing arenas for a variety of activities in addition to gathering the corn.
Drum Circle led by one of LA's premiere African drummers Malik
Sow and including an expanding group of artists
and drummers who are making this a weekly happening 4-7pm.
(Bring your own drum or other instrument.)
Corn harvesting with gardener Jaime
Lopez from 4-7pm
ABOUT THE NOT A CORNFIELD ART PROJECT
Growing in the historic center of Los Angeles, the Not Cornfield project transforms an industrial brownfield site into a cornfield for one agricultural cycle. Now the Los Angeles Historic State Park, the site popularly known as 'The Cornfield' had remained derelict for more than a decade. The project serves as a potent metaphor that provides a focus for reflection and action in a city unclear about the location of its energetic and historic center.
ABOUT LAUREN BON, NOT A CORNFIELD ARTIST
Not a Cornfield artist, Lauren Bon resides in Los Angeles and holds a Masters of Architecture degree from MIT and a BA from Princeton. Ms. Bon is a trustee of the Annenberg Foundation and President of Not A Cornfield, LLC. Her recent urban, public and land art projects in the U.S., Hong Kong, Belfast and Northern Ireland, as well as her role as a trustee, make her uniquely poised to build the capacity of the Foundation in the area of site based philanthropy, serving communities through education, civic, health, artistic initiatives and programs. Not a Cornfield art project is being developed through a grant by Annenberg Foundation.