Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio
Summer 2006 – Autumn 2008
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), 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. 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.
Related articles and writings
"Beanfield sprouts on Ohio State Campus, Wexner Project Celebrates Culture, Agriculture," in OARDC Report, November/December 2006.
"Field of Beans," in Ohio State Alumni Magazine, November-December 2006.
"More than a Hill of Beans," by Bill Mayr in The Columbus Dispatch, August 20, 2006.