Corn Cobs, by Goldberg

Bertrand Goldberg - Marina City Towers in Chicago 


The Marina City Towers in Chicago by the architect Bertrand Goldberg (1913-1997) were finished in 1964 and fall again in the category ‘accidental iconography’. Nobody seems to know the real name of the towers, everybody knows them as the ‘corn cobs’.

Fascinating in this context is the fact that the Aztecs made stone boxes with representations of corn cobs. Corn cobs were their main food source. This reference is not relevant to the perception of the Marina City Towers, because no one knows this Aztec ‘architecture’. But historicly it is interesting that corn cobs appear not just ones as representation, but repeativly.

Aztec Corn Box

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