It’s kind of like Christmas Eve.  Beautiful North Star beacon out of nowhere.  And now the work finally has a permanent home in Wisconsin.

An artist with “one foot in Wisconsin and another in Minnesota,” Karl Unnasch says he composed Ruminant (The Grand Masticator) as a playful tribute to agriculture, farming, and food. “Just as food goes through several chewings and other processes as it is picked and broken down by cattle, so does the harvest as it is gathered and processed by a combine, or art as it is pondered and enjoyed by its viewer,” he says.

The Grand Masticator first appeared in a cornfield along Fermentation Fest’s Farm/Art DTour route in 2013. It is a John Deere 6600 harvesting combine clad in 34 agriculturally themed backlit stained glass panels. An endearingly outsized mash-up of stained glass, agricultural symbolism, and popular culture—all bolted to the chassis of an iconic piece of farm equipment.  Read more here.

art & agriculture: shauna lee lange.  we’re exploring the intersections of art, agriculture, agritourism, and agrarian systems.  941/875.5190.


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