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Behold, the Mystery of Cornhenge

Stacy Conradt
Stacy Conradt

OK, It’s not really a henge. And it’s not really a mystery. But it is something to behold.

Welcome to Cornhenge, 109 concrete ears of corn, each standing 6 feet 3 inches high, in Dublin, Ohio. Though its official name is Field of Corn (with Osage Oranges), the art installation received its nickname from locals who weren’t thrilled about using tax dollars to pay for massive corn cobs.

Artist Malcolm Cochran intended for the piece to pay homage to Ohio’s agricultural roots, but later discovered that the chosen location was perfect for another reason: The site’s previous owner, Sam Frantz, had developed several hybrid corn varieties on the property.

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Though the ears of corn may look perfectly uniform, the statues were made from four different molds, each one featuring a different pattern of kernels. Each concrete “planting” was then situated differently, so that no ear of corn is quite the same in the field.

As for the public backlash, Dublin Arts Council Executive Director David Guion isn’t too concerned. “Public art should inspire an emotional response,” he says. “And Field of Corn has done just that.”

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Mister Rogers Is Now a Funko Pop! and It’s Such a Good Feeling, a Very Good Feeling
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It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood for fans of Mister Rogers, as Funko has announced that, just in time for the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the kindest soul to ever grace a television screen will be honored with a series of Funko toys, some of them limited-edition versions.

The news broke at the New York Toy Fair, where the pop culture-loving toy company revealed a new Pop Funko! in Fred Rogers’s likeness—he’ll be holding onto the Neighborhood Trolley—plus a Mister Rogers Pop! keychain and a SuperCute Plush.

In addition to the standard Pop! figurine, there will also be a Funko Shop exclusive version, in which everyone’s favorite neighbor will be wearing a special blue sweater. Barnes & Noble will also carry its own special edition, which will see Fred wearing a red cardigan and holding a King Friday puppet instead of the Neighborhood Trolley.

 

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Mister Rogers’s seemingly endless supply of colored cardigans was an integral part of the show, and a sweet tribute to his mom (who knitted all of them). But don’t go running out to snatch up the whole collection just yet; Funko won’t release these sure-to-sell-out items until June 1, but you can pre-order your Pop! on Amazon right now.

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