Corn Palace Cosmetics
The first Corn Palace in Mitchell South Dakota was built in 1892 with the intention of being a means for settlers to display the fruits of their harvest. Ever since then it’s been one of the state’s most popular tourist attractions, featuring an arena that plays host to concerts and basketball games for high school and college teams. But recently, this historic icon received some upgrades, many of which brought it into the 21st century. The green and yellow fiberglass onion domes have been replaced by modern steel versions, and there is now a new marquee, larger corn murals and a walk-out balcony. But the most modern aspect of this 4 million dollar renovation is the LED lighting which adorns that palace’s night face and shines dramatically across the building.
Nearly every year since its beginning, artists have created colorful murals on the outside walls using corn of different varieties and color. This traditions usually costs about $150,000 a year and begins each May when crews remove the rye and sour dock that surround the murals. Late August or early September is when the old murals themselves are removed and replaced with new murals that local artist Cherie Ramsdell creates. Her paintings are enlarged and projected onto full-size black tar paper, outlined, and transferred to the building by a crew of decorators who follow Ramsdell’s direction on where to nail each half-split cob.
Feelings on the Corn Palace updates by local residents are mixed – some think the night look is too much like Las Vegas, and others are supportive. How many of you have visited this attraction on your summer vacation ventures? I’ve been there, but I think I should put it on my list of places to revisit so I can experiences the new Corn Palace for myself.
-Terry Olson, Titan Outlet Store Team