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MADISON– A prehistoric marine creature has been brought back to life– through a corn maze in Lodi.Bug-like and armored, with as many as 100 legs, these now-extinct marine creatures once cruised the world’s seas, including those that covered Wisconsin. Erased more than 250 million years back, the trilobite today is the state fossil. It is likewise the defining function of this year’s acclaimed Treinen Farm Corn Labyrinth in Lodi.A UW-Madison news release describes the task:” I consider myself an artist and
my medium is corn, with a 15-acre field as my canvas,”states Angie Treinen, designer of the maze. Each spring, as her partner Alan plants the corn, Treinen is hectic scheming the next imaginative maze. This year, for the very first time ever, she accepted an outdoors concept for the maze. It came from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Geology Museum. “We are attempting to teach individuals about science and geology via a corn labyrinth,”says museum director Richard Massacre. “Individuals currently learn about T. rex and mammoths. Trilobites are the sweet spot. “From a social networks hashtag- #TrilobiteTuesday -to stylish tattoos, trilobites have
something of a cult following, Massacre says. When he and Geology Museum assistant director Brooke Norsted proposed the idea of a huge trilobite at the center of the maze, Treinen had to give it some idea.”I understood a lot of people would look at me blankly if I informed them(the maze)was a trilobite,” states Treinen,
who holds a bachelor’s degree in zoology and a doctorate in veterinary medicine from UW-Madison. Typically, she creates mazes that are unique and difficult, but with styles that are right away recognizable to visitors.”A lot of people understand it’s a fossil, however they might not recognize it’s a trilobite,”she says.
“However a minimum of it also appears like a disgusting awful bug!” Starting this weekend, Oct. 7, 2017, and continuing each weekend through
completion of October, agents from the museum will be at the farm to speak about trilobites. They will also have specimens, activities and more surprises. On display screen there for the very first time will be a cast of the real largest trilobite fossil ever discovered-28 inches long -made specially for UW-Madison by the Manitoba Museum, which houses the specimen.The Treinen Farm is located 20 miles north of Madison, 5 miles west of Lodi on State Road 60, between Lodi and Prairie du Sac/Sauk City.