This Farm In Massachusetts Creates Awe-Inspiring Corn Mazes Every Year
August 29, 2015
Every year, the folks at Mike's Maze in Sunderland, Massachusetts design a new corn maze attraction.
The idea for Mike's Maze was born at a Christmas party almost twenty years ago when two friends, farmer Mike Wissemann and artist Will Sillin, decided to combine talents and create corn art.
This place is more than just a corn maze – each year it is an original masterpiece of corn art on Earth! Just take a look at their past mazes and be amazed...
2015 - 150th Anniversary of Alice In Wonderland
150 years ago, Lewis Carroll published his wildly wondrous work, Alice in Wonderland. To commemorate everyone's favorite Wonderland explorer, we've grown Alice to new heights in 8 acres of corn!
2014 - Animal Intelligence
In 2014 we challenged maze-goers to use their wit and creativity to gain entrance into Animal University. The maze took the shape of a raven, the bird known for being clever and intelligent, and visitors tuned into the natural world to solve a series of puzzles.
2013 - The Dali-Rama
Illusion was the theme of the 2013 Maze, which displayed an image of Spanish surrealist painter, Salvador Dali, famous for creating unique artwork featuring distorted images that perplex the mind.
2012 - The Sower's Banquet
In 2012, our 8-acre rendering in corn and dirt was of Jean François Millet's 'The Sower' besieged by, counterclockwise from top right, a murder of crows, the winds of Aeolius, a giant locust, a brazen woodchuck, and a thieving raccoon. Hence we titled the maze The Sower's Banquet.
2011 – Noah Webster
Noah Webster authored the first dictionary of American English in 1806, including words that the British would not acknowledge or include in their dictionaries.
2010 – Andy Warhol's Campbell Soup Can
For our 10th anniversary, the cornfield became a canvas and the farm became a gallery where we celebrated infamous Pop Art hero Andy Warhol with a corny rendition of his Campbell's Soup Can.
2009 – Charles Darwin
The brilliant bearded British biologist who boarded the brig named the Beagle was a natural selection for a corn maze. We celebrated his 200th birthday, his astounding whiskers and our shared Darwinian characteristic of carrying our brains around in cases called skulls.
2008 - The Oddysey
The Homeric epic poem The Odyssey is the foundation for 'space operas,' 'road movies,' and a ubiquitous touchstone for the west's greatest literature, rock music and comic books. Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey are the oldest works in western literature and 29 centuries later, they are still two of the best. Our maze illustrated the Cyclops, Polyphemus and Odysseus in a scene from the great Homeric tale.
2007 – Satchmo! Louis Armstrong
"Louis Armstrong's station in the history of jazz is unimpeachable. If it weren't for him, there wouldn't be any of us." - Dizzy Gillespie
2006 – Julia! The French Chef
Julia was, hands down, our most popular guest star. She was featured on NPR's Weekend Edition, American Public Media's Splendid Table, Vanidades magazine, and in the August/Sept. 2007 edition of Saveur magazine as well in the Boston Globe and a mention in the New York Times.
2005 – Bert Einstein and the Spiral Galaxy
Bert Einstein took maze-goers on a journey around the galaxy and beyond in 2005 when the maze took the shape of Bert and The Spiral Galaxy.
2004 – The Candidates in Corn
The candidates were all ears. Maze-goers hit the campaign trail to hustle votes in the corny states (Upchucky, Massiveshoefits, etc.). Mudslinging (courtesy of Hurricane Ivan) and the giant butterfly ballot with the spudzooka voting stylus rounded out our comprehensive electoral college experience.
2003 – King Tut
Corn was a King in 2003. The death mask of the boy king, Tutankhamun, provided the inspiration for a challenging maze. It also gave us an excuse for building a tomb and sarcophagus encasing Mike's mummy.
2002 – The Babe
"Oh, make no mistake, the Babe is still here, still out in the land, his shadow enveloping his sport, as well as his country, in a way nobody — in any profession — has ever been able to duplicate. He is still the most memorable man who ever wore a uniform. He is Babe Ruth, the greatest of all time." - Mike Barnicle, ESPN
2001 – Mona Lisa
Before there was The Da Vinci Code there was our Mona Maze. Leonardo's subtle beauty is arguably the best known masterpiece in the world. It's been copied, praised, and parodied for centuries. Here was our contribution to that growing body of work, perhaps the largest copy ever made. The Mona Lisa maze was even featured on Ripley's Believe It or Not!
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