We call it “maize”

I was chatting with a coworker yesterday and she informed me that the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park was designed to look like an ear of corn from the sky. And I’ll-be-damned if it doesn’t! I guess I never thought about what it must look like from above.

Now the design of the structure leaves me even more baffled. Why corn?

8 Comments so far

  1. tankboy (unregistered) on July 15th, 2005 @ 10:05 am

    Um, Alana, this is Illinois. The official state mascot is the corncob. If you drive two feet outside of Chicago you will find yourself surrounded by corn! God forbid your car ever breaks down, though, since there’s children in that thar corn…

  2. alana (unregistered) on July 15th, 2005 @ 10:16 am

    I’m from Texas.

    Corn? Mascot? That’s an inanimate object! Makes no sense to me.

    Rows of corn *are* terrifying.

  3. Dave! (unregistered) on July 15th, 2005 @ 10:53 am

    Yeah, because everything in *Texas* makes sense… :)

    And I grew up in Indiana, where we practically invented corn, and I just don’t see the resemblance, even from the air…

  4. CP (unregistered) on July 15th, 2005 @ 10:55 am

    Ohhhh, I love this. Every now and then, (and Alana, i say this without any sort of shitty tone), the kids must roll back the stone and step out of the cave that is “the burbs” and Greater Chicagoland area and realize that there is a whole state (aka: Illinois) just south of here. The economy practically runs completely off of crops like corn, soybeans and the like. While it’s a little lame to shape that thing like a corncob, I have to give the designer props for at least considering that while it’s the best city in the state, there’s a lot to Illinois besides Chicago. (B/N represent)

  5. steven (unregistered) on July 15th, 2005 @ 11:10 am

    You’ll notice too around the city some of the iron gate work (specifically the downtown L entranceways..i think) has corn carved into it. We’re Midwest, and we’re proud.

  6. Alana (unregistered) on July 15th, 2005 @ 11:30 am

    “I’m from Texas” in the sense that “I didn’t grow up in the schools here where I would learn such interesting tidbits as the state bird, flower, etc.” ::grin::

    I’m learning stuff!

    I think Indiana and Iowa need to fight. Duke it out boys!

  7. miller (unregistered) on July 16th, 2005 @ 9:30 am

    So, we got a bean and an ear of corn?

  8. badresa (unregistered) on July 17th, 2005 @ 11:03 pm

    Yeah, corn, just don’t try to eat, even well boiled it’s gross. It’s feed corn.

    As in feed for animals. Sometimes I forget that they still feed animals real food.

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