Zea Mays

Zea Mays

10 tons of corn (grains), installation for ‘Power of Place’, Triennial Apeldoorn (NL) 
Rudy J. Luijters, 2008
Curator: Huib Haye van der Werf


A field of nearly five hundred square feet corn grains does not only reflect, very subdued, the incoming light, but also spreads a smell of grain, dust, food. Difficult to interprete, there seems to be visually zoomed in on a flat surface covered with pollen. Neither incolor nor in size this sweet yellow landscape is not even remotely reflecting the reality of the American landscape that largely consists of corn plants. Yet the work is an attempt to make sense of what corn is: a large granular image of food, global markets and industrial engineering.

The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture (Fonds BKVB) organized the exhibition Power of Place. The exhibition was a component of the International Triennial Apeldoorn 2008 and was based on the landscape-study tour throughout the United States, initialized by the Fonds BKVB.