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As I start the corn maze design process for 2012, I thought this would be a good time to start the Treinen Farm blog–the maze design process is fun for me, and I get a lot of questions about how we design and cut the maze, so I’ll start off with a lot to write about.

Here is our 2011 Icarus Maze in its final form:

2011 Treinen Farm Icarus Corn Maze

But it didn’t start out anything like this–here’s a preliminary drafts, as I played around with concepts:Image

I love the early stages of maze design, where I spend lots of time surfing the internet for ideas and following rabbit trails of possible concepts. For 2012, so far my design ideas are the following: Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man as a cyborg, the planar projection of a hypercube, DNA, carbon nanotubes, steampunk-esque machinery and aesthetic, robots… It will be interesting to see what coalesces out of the creative ether–but the clock is ticking, since Alan is planting the maze TODAY.