Since fall 2021, Wormfarm has been collaborating with artist Christopher Lutter-Gardella and the Village of Plain to create a 20-foot farmer marionette and giant, brightly colored root vegetables. Inspired by agriculture & construction, the farmer was built by local carpenters & fabricators. Special thanks to Kraemer Bros., Kraemer North America, River Valley Schools, St. Luke’s Church & Youth from the Diocese of Madison.
Using the French painter Jean-François Millet’s painting The Sower as our inspiration, we wanted to depict the simple, primeval picture of the farmer moving across the landscape. No machinery, no devices, just the human moving across the landscape, sowing and harvesting. This, it seems to me, is the root of all culture. Huge THANKS to the Village of Plain and Kraemer Brothers Construction for all the highly-skilled hands and minds they invested into this project. May this project be yet another manifestation of your daily work: building bridges that connect people and structures that inspire awe.”
Dan S. Wang reflects on a conversation with participating DTour landowner Scott Sprecher.
Elena Byrne profiles farming family William & Alma Gasser and DTour artist Tory Tepp.