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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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Cereal Architecture

Cereal Architecture

(p.17) 2 Cereal Architecture
Corn Palaces and Butter Queens

Pamela H. Simpson

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter focuses on crop art and cereal architecture. Midwest was the center for cereal architecture, crop art, and butter sculpture. The chapter explores the creation of cereal architecture beginning with the work of Henry Worral, a pioneer in crop art who decorated the Kansas Building at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition. He also provided other grain-covered displays for state, regional, and national fairs during the second half of the nineteenth century. Many cities celebrated their harvest festivals with street carnivals where grain-covered kiosks, miniature buildings, or giant sculptures were centerpieces for parades, games, parties, and concerts. These festivities attracted attention from investors and visitors impressed by the agricultural abundance evident in the crop-art structures.

Keywords:   crop art, cereal architecture, butter sculpture, Henry Worral, fairs, harvest festivals, agricultural abundance

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