Driving through the Driftless Area on the trail of art! In conjunction with Fermentation Fest there was Farm/Art DTour. A 50-mile loop through the scenic countryside. Along the loop there was farm-based artwork, roadside farm/culture stands and field notes about farming. We picked up a map and started on our journey. The first piece we came across was 4 corn cribs lined up and draped with fabric strands to look like a dragon. After that the hunt was on as we watched the roadside and our map for signs of the next display!
Along the route, between art stops, there were farm education signs. Such as the sign about HAY. The sign talked about the importance of hay in farming.
Some art was more of a search than others. While some art jumped out at us, such as this giant pair of work boots up on a hill. From a distance it was hard to tell what they were made of. The curiosity of what they were constructed of drew us in closer. The boots were amazingly detailed and constructed of cardboard! How they could mold the cardboard like this was remarkable.
As we drove along we were surprised to come across these signs… ala the Berma-Shave ads, 1925 to 1963. They were not on the map and caught us off guard as well as providing a laugh.
This art frame was constructed of old farm tools and parts from farm machinery.
This art display also surprised us. Unlike the signs this was on the map, but we did not realize we had found it until we were in the middle of it. There were all these woven pods hanging from the trees on either side of the car… we were encircled before we realized it! In addition there were woven honeycombs attached to the trees. Definitely something surrealistic!
The next stop was these ribbons woven across a field. While the photo does not show it this was a vibrant piece… as the wind blew the colored ribbons move in such a way that it looked like there were LED lights moving through it, running along the ribbons.
Personally I would have called this Strawhenge, but then this was not my project.
It was a beautiful day for a drive in the country and we enjoyed discovering all the artwork and signs along the route. If you want to see all the photos from our journey go to: tinyurl.com/fa-dtour.