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译文:艺术从何而来?

译者:南京大信  所属联盟:英语译者联盟  时间:2013-09-14
对于很多美国人来说,玉米棒也许只是一种烧烤主食,但在美国南达科他州米切尔镇,这种不起眼的谷物却被升格为艺术品。玉米皇宫始建于1892年,由二十七万五千根玉米棒组成,很多玉米棒构成了描绘各种主题的壁画,这些主题有南达科他州的历史、运动和太空探索等。装饰师选用了橙、蓝、绿等十三种自然色的玉米棒,徒手将每根玉米棒钉到皇宫的墙上,创造出复杂的镶嵌图案。构成壁画的植物是专门载种的,每一种都载种在不同的地里,以保持颜色纯正,不会有杂交的情况出现。每一年,当地委员会都会为皇宫壁画选定一个新的主题,并在八月到十月间建造。今年的主题,“忆当年”,展示了一些美国的怀旧场景,如“免下车”电影和拓荒者的农场生活。每年都有超过五十万人来参观皇宫,特别是夏末时节,那时重新装饰刚刚开始。在宫殿内部,参观者可以看到一部介绍其121年历史的记录片,以及往年壁画的照片。宫殿内还举行各种活动,如舞会、篮球联赛和最近举行的玉米皇宫节,玉米皇宫节上有音乐、当地集市和游乐园。进入玉米皇宫参观是免费的,游客可以在“玉米转让”店内挑选自己喜爱的物品带回家,店内销售焦糖玉米棒、玉米项链,它们都是由皇宫墙上的玉米制成的。
   
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原文:Art made from what?

发现者:lylillian  来源: 发布时间:2013-09-06 类型:转载
Mitchell’s Corn Palace

Corn-on-the-cob may be a barbeque staple for many Americans, but in Mitchell, South Dakota, the humble grain is elevated to a piece of art.

The Corn Palace, first built in 1892, is covered in more than 275,000 cobs of corn, many of which are arranged into murals depicting themes such as South Dakota history, sport and space exploration. Using 13 natural colours, ranging from orange to blue to green, the decorators hand-nail each cob to the palace wall to create the complex mosaics. The vegetable is specially grown for the murals, with each type planted in different fields to keep the colours pure and free from cross-breeding.

Each year, a local committee decides on a new theme for the palace’s murals, which are constructed between August and October. This year’s theme, “Remember When”, features scenes of American nostalgia, from drive-in movies to pioneer farm life.

More than 500,000 people visit the palace each year, especially later in the summer as the re-decoration begins. Within the palace itself, visitors can watch a video about its 121-year history and see photos of murals from years past. The venue also hosts events such as proms, basketball tournaments and the recently held Corn Palace Festival, featuring music, local vendors and amusement park rides.

Entrance to the palace is free, and guests can grab their own kernel to take home in the “corn-cessions” shop, which sells caramel corn cobs and corn necklaces made from the various shades used on the palace walls.

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