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Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio
Autumn 2017-ongoing

I did not read books the first summer; I hoed beans.
                                                                       Henry David Thoreau, Walden, 1854

Overlooking the central Ohio State University campus green (known as the Oval), The Beanfield is a work of ecological, educational and social encounter recalling the agricultural roots of the school as a land-grant college. Inspired, in part, by the 2 1/2 acres of beans cultivated at Walden Pond by Henry David Thoreau, this 500 square foot demonstration plot included 49 sets of poles planted with 4 varieties of beans—Kentucky Wonder Brown, Rattlesnake, White Half-runner and Blue Lake Stringless. The beans were harvested and distributed free as food for thought and seed for the imagination. The Beanfield was a project for the Living Culture Initiative in the Department of Art; in partnership with the Wexner Center for the Arts; and the Social Responsibility Initiative in the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.