Remember those days when you were at primary school and you had to stick macaroni to paper to make pictures? Theoretically those were early attempts at mosaics even though pasta is not the most conventional tesserae. But what is mosaic? It involves sticking things down with an adhesive. Grouting is optional.
So if you have to describe the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota, it really is another mosaic but using corn. Every year there is a different theme. 2004 involved exploration and Lewis and Clark; 2005 was Life on the Farm; 2006 was a Salute to Rodeo.
The tradition started in 1892 as South Dakota’s way of showing that it had a thriving agricultural climate.
Up to 13 different shades of corn are used in the mosaic panels.
Check out the official Mitchell Corn Palace site to see the original drawing for the panels for 2006. You’ll also find details of the entertainment schedule and when it is a good time to visit should you be passing through.