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Help a rural Wisconsin community bring a unique, agriculturally-themed sculpture to town.
Help a rural Wisconsin community bring a unique, agriculturally-themed sculpture to town.
94 backers pledged $10,760 to help bring this project to life.

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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! 

Thank you.

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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!

Ruminant-themed postcards
Ruminant-themed postcards
Photo or canvas print of Ruminant - photo by Aaron Dysart
Photo or canvas print of Ruminant - photo by Aaron Dysart
Sample of agriculturally-themed buttons
Sample of agriculturally-themed buttons
Upcycled wallet and notepad
Upcycled wallet and notepad
Small handmade upcycled basket
Small handmade upcycled basket
Little Things album by local singer/songwriter Shawndell Marks
Little Things album by local singer/songwriter Shawndell Marks
Ruminant T-shirt designed by local artist Amy Sullivan © 2014 www.amyleesullivan.com
Ruminant T-shirt designed by local artist Amy Sullivan © 2014 www.amyleesullivan.com
                 
1 lb of coffee from Lodge Coffee Roasters
1 lb of coffee from Lodge Coffee Roasters
Illustrated children's book, Sweety Finds Her Family
Illustrated children's book, Sweety Finds Her Family
                            
Large handmade upcycled basket
Large handmade upcycled basket
Original stained glass "ball bounce" panel by Ruminant artist Karl Unnasch
Original stained glass "ball bounce" panel by Ruminant artist Karl Unnasch
 

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.

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    A set of 5 blank Ruminant-themed postcards AND a thank-you postcard of Ruminant from the artist.

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    Upcycled wallet and notepad made from agricultural feedsacks by Ruminant Committee Member Katie Schofield AND a thank-you postcard of Ruminant from the artist!

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    Small handmade upcycled basket made from plastic irrigation tubing by Ruminant Committee Member Katie Schofield AND a thank-you postcard of Ruminant from the artist.

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    Ruminant T-shirt designed by local artist Amy Sullivan © 2014 www.amyleesullivan.com AND and a thank-you post card of Ruminant from the artist.

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    Album by local singer/songwriter Shawndell Marks whose music is featured in the kickstarter video AND a thank-you postcard of Ruminant from the artist.

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    A signed copy of "Sweety Finds Her Family", a vegetable-themed illustrated children's book by Ruminant Committee Member Katie Godfrey AND a thank-you postcard of Ruminant from the artist.

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    One pound of hand-roasted coffee from Lodge Coffee Roasters of Baraboo made by Jayson Moyer who filmed our Kickstarter video. All beans are hand-roasted, organic, and fair trade. AND a thank-you postcard of Ruminant from the artist.

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    8" x 10" canvas print of Ruminant, your name on permanent signage at Harvest Park AND a thank-you postcard of Ruminant from the artist.

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    Original 12" x 12" stained glass "Ball Bounce" panel in a walnut frame by Ruminant artist Karl Unnasch, your name on permanent signage at Harvest Park AND a thank-you postcard of Ruminant from the artist.

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    Custom 2' x 2' Stained Glass Panel by Ruminant Artist Karl Unnasch, your name on permanent signage at Harvest Park, AND a thank-you postcard of Ruminant from the artist.

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