Residents of South Dakota’s largest city are mourning an urban cornstalk that briefly became a lighthearted beacon of hope during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Argus Leader reported Wednesday that the stalk had been growing up through a crack in the concrete at the intersection of 57th Street and Minnesota Avenue on Sioux Falls’ south side. Dubbed the 57th Street Corn, complete with its own Twitter account during its brief lifespan, the plant was a symbol of resiliency and hope as the pandemic rages on, Mayor Paul TenHaken said.
“Finding joy in the small things will continue to help us get through what has been a challenging time in our country,” the mayor said. “It was ‘amaizing’ to see the community rally around the 57th Street corn as a sign of hope over the past few days.”
Residents reported Wednesday morning that someone had ripped out the lone stalk, prompting an outcry on social media. Someone attached a sign to a traffic post where the stalk grew that reads “CORN RIP.”
Several netizens took to social media to mourn the great loss.
One corn stalk grows where it isn't supposed to and everyone loses their minds over it...— l a i n a 🐱 (@omgitslaina) August 20, 2020
It grew among the concrete fields of the city and proved that one single stalk can change hearts and minds.May you grow again among those plucked before their time.57th Street Corn, I miss you so much ❤️— John Nguyen (@jjnguyen26) August 19, 2020
.A friend in Sioux Falls SD posted this earlier this morning..."This is why we can't have nice things. Some asshole was jealous of the 'Little Corn Stalk That Could' at 57th & Minnesota, so they pulled it last night" pic.twitter.com/K9bvHbfl17— DENNIS ONKEN (@dennis_onken) August 19, 2020
The Stockyards Ag Experience, a group working to transform the city’s vacant stockyards into an interactive experience, is selling T-shirts commemorating the stalk.
(With inputs from Associated Press)