Thursday, March 24, 2005

the christos and corn

the gates has inspired a public art work in los angeles. according to the latimes, an empty lot known as "the cornfield" near chinatown will be planted and sown with 32 acres of corn. the plan is somewhat controversial, with critics claiming the community has not been fully engaged in the proposal. however, since the $2 million used for the project is coming from private funds rather than tax dollars, there seem to be few objections. the debate on redevelopment of the lot, to become public parkland after the harvest, is reminiscent (on a much, much smaller scale) of the debate in new york over chelsea's high line.


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