March 31, 2006:
The Not A Cornfield project team has handed the keys to the Cornfield site back to State Parks and moved across the street into our new offices at 1745 Spring St.
Contact State Parks for public access and information about tours and open hours.

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For Group and school tours, please call Carmelo Alvarez at (323) 226-1158


 

 

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Welcome to the official web site for the Not A Cornfield project, a transformation of a 32 acre industrial brownfield in the historic center of Los Angeles into a cornfield for one agricultural cycle. This temporary project is located just North of Chinatown and South of Lincoln Heights on a large stretch of land well known as “The Cornfield."

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The Cornhenge monument continues to aerobically decompose and regenerate in the form of marigolds, daffodills, sage, and sunflowers, among other native plants. See more photos of the sprouting Cornhenge monument.

The Not A Cornfield project team has moved across the street into our new office/studio.
See photos of State Parks' progress on their interim park.
State Parks once again controls access to the Cornfield.

Read more about the Clear phase . Read entries in the blog.
Subscribe to the Not A Cornfield podcast, featuring a two-hour documentary from Radiosonideros.

UPDATE: NOT A CORNFIELD IN THE NEWS
UPDATE: THE COMMUNITY SEEDS PROJECT

UPDATE: THE CLEAR PHASE CONCLUDED MAY 23, 2006

More on the BLUE PHASE and the GOLD PHASE.

LA Artist Lauren Bon has created this sculpture with funds from the Annenberg Foundation. Ms. Bon is a trustee of the Annenberg Foundation and President of Not A Cornfield, LLC. As a funder of Not A Cornfield, the Annenberg Foundation continues its long-standing support of projects that serve communities through education, civic, health, and artistic initiatives and programs. The Not A Cornfield project will be enacted on the site of the future Los Angeles State Historic Park.

Not A Cornfield is a living sculpture in the form of a field of corn. The corn itself, a powerful icon for millennia over large parts of Central America and beyond, can serve as a potent metaphor for those of us living in this unique megalopolis. This work follows a rich legacy of radical art during the 20th century on a grand scale. I intend this to be an event that aims at giving focus for reflection and action in a city unclear about where it's energetic and historical center is. With this project I have undertaken to clean 32 acres of brownfield and bring in more than 1,500 truck loads of earth from elsewhere in order to prepare this rocky and mixed terrain for the planting of a million seeds. This art piece redeems a lost fertile ground, transforming what was left from the industrial era into a renewed space for the public. The California Department of Parks and Recreation is currently designing the historical park this site will become. This design process has taken several years so far and is a difficult process both because of the many communities adjacent to the site they would all like to serve and because of limited funding. By bringing attention to this site throughout the Not A Cornfield process we will also bring forth many questions about the nature of urban public space, about historical parks in a city so young and yet so diverse. About the questions of whose history would a historical park in the city center actually describe, and about the politics of land use and it's incumbent inequities. Indeed, "Not A Cornfield" is about these very questions, polemics, arguments and discoveries. It is about redemption and hope. It is about the fallibility of words to create productive change. Artists need to create on the same scale that society has the capacity to destroy.” Lauren Bon. July 20, 2005

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Under Spring /
Not A Cornfield LLC
1745 North Spring #4
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(323) 226-1158
(323) 226-9430 (fax)
info@notacornfield.com

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