Every autumn in Reedsburg, Wisconsin, temporary art installations grace the beautiful rolling hills and farm fields of the region for the ten-day "Farm/Art DTour". The installations range from giant boots to beautifully adorned corn cribs. In 2013, a group of locals were drawn to one particular sculpture, Ruminant: The Grand Masticator. Artist Karl Unnasch created the sculpture by outfitting a John Deere 6600 combine with 34 original stained glass panels that are illuminated at night.
The local group did not want to see this "agricultural cathedral" disappear after ten days, so a committee was formed to raise funds to purchase Ruminant and to keep it in the community for good.
Quirky, oddly beautiful and absolutely one of a kind, it is likely to become a landmark that will attract curious visitors to Reedsburg throughout its life. Ruminant will be purchased, donated to the City of Reedsburg, and placed in a new City park, aptly named Harvest Park.
The money you donate will help pay for the expenses related to purchasing the stained glass panels, re-outfitting the sculpture for a permanent life (it was originally designed to last for the 10-day Fest), and transforming the new park (currently a vacant lot) into a welcoming environment for visitors. (The new park has also been identified by local leaders as a perfect location for our local farmers market, which needs a home.)
We have already raised some funds through local grants and the generous donations of businesses and community members, but we need your help to reach our goal!
- For more information about the Farm/Art DTour visit: www.fermentationfest.com
- For more information about artist Karl Unnasch visit: www.karlunnasch.com
- Visit the Ruminant / Harvest Park Project on Facebook
Ruminant photo by Aaron Dysart
What others are saying about Ruminant:
Ralph Helmick, an award-winning artist based in Newton, Mass. said of Ruminant “It is resourceful, elegant, beautifully crafted. And its barroom stained glass style meshes mighty well with a repurposed combine."
In the Walker Art Center’s mnartists.blog, Artist Aaron Dysart said of Ruminant, “Unnasch’s monumental piece mashes up the histories of stained glass, comic books and farm machinery to create a funny, expansive re-telling of the harvest narrative.”
Rewards made by our Kickstarter team!
Risks and challenges
There is always the risk of damages occurring to a public art sculpture over time, either due to weather or vandalism. The body of the combine will be seal coated to extend its life and prevent rust. All stained glass panels will be protected with 1/4 inch Plexiglas to protect them from vandals. Ongoing maintenance will include replacement L.E.D. bulbs and electricity covered by the City of Reedsburg.
The park must be designed to limit maintenance costs to the City of Reedsburg. Our local Master Gardeners have volunteered to help with annual maintenance, but some additional volunteer maintenance may be required to ensure the park looks beautiful year round.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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