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Corn Palaces and Butter QueensA History of Crop Art and Dairy Sculpture$
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Pamela H. Simpson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816676194

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816676194.001.0001

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Banquet Tables to Trophy Displays

Banquet Tables to Trophy Displays

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(p.1) 1 Banquet Tables to Trophy Displays
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Corn Palaces and Butter Queens
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Pamela H. Simpson

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816676194.003.0001

This chapter provides an overview of the history of food art. It examines the history of turn-of-the-century corn palaces, crop art, and butter sculpture. It recounts the history of using food for architectural and sculptural constructions and then places that tradition within the legend of the land of Cockaigne, a place of plenty defined by its abundance of food. It discusses the development of the idea of “trophy,” the visual expression of abundance at the industrial fairs. It argues that trophy displays were an attempt to capture the eye in a way that ordinary specimens mounted in glass cases or laid out on tables could not. It explains that food constructions represent an iconography of abundance.

Keywords:   food art, corn palaces, crop art, butter sculpture, food, trophy display, industrial fairs, agricultural abundance

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