The lost art of seed art & the menace of 'The Brainclaw'

I have this image in my mind that seed art began with a bored little girl on a farm who was fascinated by the colors and textures of various crop seeds.

The truth is probably much more academic and rooted somewhere in the Euphrates Valley.  But this is Laura Ingalls Wilder country and we are allowed our own distortion of history.

Be that as it may, seed art is just plain fun.  Part mosaic, part fine-art and always sincere. Lillian Colton was probably the most famous seed artist and was called the "Seed Queen" for her annual competitive entries in the Minnesota State Fair.  She dominated her art field and she won 9 Best of Show awards in 11 years.  She died in 2007 and her art can be found here.

The Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota is an interesting combination of seed art, roadside attraction and crow heaven.  The entire exhibition pavilion is decorated with crop art (a variant of seed art) and uses many Indian Corn varietals.  It is pretty impresive and very strange at the same time.

Moving on to professional wrestling; it is all real. 

Period. And there will be no more discussion.

Baron von Raschke has been a perennial wrestling favorite.  His shtick was his finishing move called 'The Brainclaw'. Once he clamped 'The Brainclaw' grip on his opponent's face, they became paralyzed and could be easily pinned.  As a ten year old boy, I oftened wondered why he didn't simply apply 'The Brainclaw' immediately and turn the entire match into a ten second affair.

Now to complete this convoluted story arc.

The above image is from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and their once-a-decade exhibit a called "Foot in The Door".  Any original art from a Minnesota artist that can fit within a 1 cubic foot box was entitled to be displayed at the MIA for three months.  Total fun and total visual overload.