Fall is starting to pick up in the northern hemisphere, with days getting shorter, the air getting crisper, and leaves just beginning to slowly fade into the colors of the season. With Halloween just around the corner, fall activities are coming to the forefront as well.
Harvest-related activities are usually the norm for the season, especially in areas that are more rural or that are closer to rural areas. Farms open up their fields for hay rides, pumpkin patch picking, and apple picking. And then there is the corn maze.
Corn is one of the largest crops in the American continent, especially in the United States. It has a significant cultural and historical value to the lands as well, as seen in its association with the traditions and symbolism of the Native American peoples. Today corn is still a ubiquitous part of the American landscape, be it geographically or culturally.
Corn mazes are exactly what you might assume. Fields of corn are cut for harvest, and in this process, the fields are cut to create a maze from one end of the field to the other as part of a tourist attraction or fall harvest activity for the farm.
There are some people that have taken this simple harvest season task to new heights however, and have made wildly intricate and outrageous maze designs out of their corn fields, seen fully only through aerial photographs. Some farms create these mazes every year, hoping to attract visitors and tourists.
Here are some amazing corn maze designs.
Treinen Farm in Lodi, Wisconsin created a variation of Da Vinci’s Vitruvian man, adding symbols and design creating an overall steampunk look. If you look closely, the figure is holding a ray gun in its left hand!
The Kraay family’s farm in Lacombe, Alberta, is home to what the Guiness Book of World Records certified this year as the world’s largest QR code. The maze code opens the farm’s website, where people can learn more about the mazes and see past designs.
To coincide with the US Elections this year, Summer’s Farm in Frederick, MD, reminds airborne travelers to the Capitol Area to exercise their right to vote. the Maze shows both presidential candidates for this year, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.
Mike’s Maze, in Sunderland, Massachusetts, has some of the most intricate maze designs I’ve found, including this one of Charles Darwin. The maze is exquisitely trimmed almost in an art-nouveau style poster, complete with some golden finches.
And speaking of Art, Mike’s Maze has also done past designs featuring icons of art history, including the Mona Lisa and Andy Warhol’s Campbell soup can.
Unfortunately, to fully enjoy these corn maze designs one has to rely on photographs, but perhaps in the future, there will hopefully be an aerial tour of amazing corn mazes! For the meantime, we can revel in the feats their creators have achieved, and literally, get quite lost in their ingenuity and creative prowess.