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Corn Palaces and Butter Queens: A History of Crop Art and Dairy Sculpture

Pamela H. Simpson

Abstract

Teddy Roosevelt’s head sculpted from butter. The Liberty Bell replicated in oranges. The Sioux City Corn Palace of 1891 encased with corn, grains, and grasses and stretching for two city blocks—with a trolley line running down its center. Between 1870 and 1930, from county and state fairs to the world’s fairs, large exhibition buildings were covered with grains, fruits, and vegetables to declare in no uncertain terms the rich agricultural abundance of the United States. At the same fairs—but on a more intimate level—ice-cooled cases enticed fairgoers to marvel at an array of butter sculpture m ... More

Keywords: grains, fruit, vegetables, state fairs, county fairs, butter sculpture, cereal architecture, Henry Worrall, corn palaces, crop art

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780816676194
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816676194.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Pamela H. Simpson, author
Ernest Williams II Professor of Art History, Washington and Lee College