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12th Avenue Iron Inc.

Big Corn

Willis Street Gateway, Kent, WA

Provided blacksmithing services for a public art project in the Kent Valley, forging five-foot long steel leaves for mammoth sculptural corn stalks.

Big Corn consists of three 17-foot tall stalks of corn with individual ears nearly two-feet long. This cartoon corn recalls the history of the Kent Valley as a rich agricultural area. Today, commercial, residential, and manufacturing development has all but eliminated local farming. Big Corn was recognized in 2007 by the Americans for the Arts—Public Art Network—Year-in-Review as one of the year’s outstanding public art projects nationwide.

Project Team

  • Peter Reiquam, project artist and fabrication
  • 12th Avenue Iron, forging