Crop Art Is For Everyone!


20 Responses to “Crop Art Is For Everyone!”

  1. Anonymous says:

    i go to the fair every year,the seed art section shares a room with thousands of dry corn cobs behind chicken wire and a wall covered with old seed sacks that are right up there with old orange box labels.people look at all this stuff and talk about it,it’s just not eye can’t get near the prize pumpkin and the best hog for the crowds.
    in the dairy cow barn you can walk right up to them,no ropes to keep you back.the farm kids who show these sleep on hay bales right there.this is all going on with the glass offices towers of Minneapolis minutes away.
    being from NY and transplanted to MN in the late 60′s i came to see that the whole thing about winter and people having too much time on there hands is really true.the display cases of bread,cookies and jam all trying for that prized blue ribbon are not to be missed.

  2. Anonymous says:

    “This Abe Lincoln–again, all seeds, including the background–is one of hers.”

    This is incorrect.
    The portrait is done on seed on a cut-to-shape board, which is mounted on a fabric-covered background and then framed.

    The Judy Garland portrait is done the same way, which you can tell because of the shadow around the figure.

    Her work is still amazing, but I just wanted to clear that up.

  3. mrklingon says:

    The best source about this (and *how* did you miss it?) is – galleries of art by many artists, and links to information on the annual competition.

  4. Anonymous says:

    as a lifelong minnesotan and fairgoer, the crop art was always one of my very first required stops at the fair. the advent of more ‘hip’ and political entries is a pretty recent phenomenon – within the last ten years or so – and it’s been fun to watch the art evolve. what a surprise and treat to see the crop art from that little room full of FFA corn and old grain sacks on boingboing!

  5. Anonymous says:

    One of my State Fair favorites, from about 7 years ago, was the lovely and perfectly seeded Jackie O smoking a cigg. Fantastic.

  6. Ned613 says:

    The “Creature from the Black Lagoon” should be called “Creature from the Black Legume”

  7. coaxial says:

    Glad to see that Jesus finally cut his hair and got a shave. The sweater vest is a bit of a shock though.

  8. Pantograph says:

    For everyone? I would think that it would only be available for those with access to crops.

    Both cheers and sounds of confusion are heard from several inuit villages. Do seal teeth count as a crop?
    Graphic designers in high office buildings are wondering whether use of the crop tool counts.
    Barbers speak out that this proves that a cropped hairdo is just as artful as a beehive.

  9. AnoniMouse says:

    I LOVE love LOVE this.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for including my “Conan O’Brien on a Shtick” piece in your mighty fine crop art story. (Maybe I could have titled it “Conan the Agrarian” instead?) For those of you living in Minnesota, take a stab at entering something at next year’s state fair. Sure, it’s frustrating to chase an errant millet seed around with a toothpick while trying to finish a piece at 2:30 am the night before it’s due, but it’s all worth it to see fairgoers laugh and point at your work. — Kimberly Cope, Minneapolis

  11. lakelady says:

    fascinating. Reminds me of the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota. Every year the entire building is redecorated with corn. Certainly qualifies as see art on a grand scale.

  12. Anne K. says:

    I love the crop art at the Fair! I was thinking that maybe I would try my hand at it this year. It sort of looks fun.

  13. wordmeme says:

    Really liked this post.
    As a Minnesotan, my local library acquired the book: “Seed Queen: The Story of Crop Art and the Amazing Lillian Colton” by Colleen Sheehy. You may want to enjoy more of this kitschy, but very real folk art. I never knew our state fair was so hip and obscure at once!

  14. cinemajay says:

    @Pantograph, if you were able to find the Internet to comment this morning, you can order seeds online.

    Burpee, Parkseed, and about a dozen others that come up on Google.

    Oh, and the Inuit have been doing just fine online.

    /Assumptions! Aren’t they just silly!
    //LOVE the Fair!
    ///Go Maggie!

    • Anonymous says:

      You can also trade seeds online. It would take an initial purchase of some seeds, but if you try for some rarities, there are online communities who trade for whatever seeds they are looking for.

  15. Anonymous says:

    I know the woman who did the Creature from the Black Lagoon. She also recently did a portrait of the wrestler, Baron Von Rashcke for a local baseball game.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Why does one first lady have a parrot and the other first lady
    a monkey? Ask Frida Kahlo.

    The group of artists that have done the seed mosaics at the State Fair are a wide slice of commercial and fine artists as well as the Grandma Moses types like Lillian. A retrospective of the banned crop art (the art show is moderated) would show a
    real Minnesota perspective that is like a Cohen brothers film.

  17. Chainsaw says:

    Anyone who can buy groceries (perhaps some urbanites ONLY eat in restaurants?) can buy enough seeds to do this – you don’t even need to go to a specialty store, let alone shop online.

    Celery seed, mustard seed, whole cumin & coriander, fenugreek… many spices are seeds in their whole form. And then there’s beans, and grains. Dozens of each. Many fruits have usable seeds. In an urban area, you can also usually find ethnic food stores, giving even more options.

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