Driving across Wisconsin, Harvestore® silos punctuate the Wisconsin landscape with their verticality and glimmer. The iconic blue silos were the ultimate vessel for fermented silage (animal feed) used on dairy farms. Made in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, by A.O. Smith, the structures became a symbol of progressive farm practices. From 1949 until 1984, 75,000 Harvestores sprung up across North America until sales bottomed-out. Small farms struggled, the silo unloading mechanisms malfunctioned then feed storage went horizontal (ag-bags and covered piles) to better service the 21st century industrial farms. In less than a half century, the Harvestore went from state-of-the-art to relic.
In collaboration with Worm Farm Institute, we designed a band shell to be made of salvaged Harvestore® parts for Fermentation Fest October 2014 near Reedsburg, Wisconsin.. An Indie Go Go campaign raised $6,500 to purchase parts, hardware, lumber, and supplies. The band shell stage hosted a number of scheduled and impromptu performances including J. Shimon and Lawrence University music conservatory colleagues (see below). Plans are in motion to reinstall it permanently in a nearby town in 2015.
View the We Go From Where We Know improvisational performance on YouTube
Read Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Review 10.17.2014 by Mary Louise Schumacher
Hear Wisconsin Public Radio 7.31.2014 segment by Patty Murray
View Indie Go Go Havestore Bandshell Campaign Archived Post
Read about Fermentation Fest