field trip

Field Trip - Nance Klehm

corn on the move

one lovely june afternoon, my junk friend celio helped me “find” a shopping cart and get it to my house. that weekend, i filled the shopping cart with soil and planted it with six kernels of “golden bantam” organic heirloom 1902 sweet corn. two months later, the shopping cart was equipped with a travel accessories : radio, raincoat, journal, thermos and homemade seed packets and the corn hit the road.

folks volunteered to be pushers/farmers and traveled the streets and alleyways of chicago with the corn and their own interpretations and agendas. the corn cart has visited community gardens, toured supermarkets, politicized a street fair, gone out to coffee and rested in many backyards. the corn has been attacked by hail, squirrels, cucumber beetles and idle curious hands. it has been a long and circuitous field trip.

Fieldtrip was the inaugural show of Mess Hall, Chicago.