Temporary art in beautiful Sauk County WI

No better wear to spend an Autumn day in Wisconsin that the self-guided 50-mile Farm d’Art Tour through Sauk County to see the improvisational, temporary art. It’s all part of the annual Fermentation Fest. There’s one day left, that being Sunday 10-04-2020. 

Our new logo is taken from that tour.

And my favorite, an installment of hundreds of broken, but clean egg shells placed on the floor in seemingly random arrangements in a church abandoned in 1958. That is the Harrisburg First Evangelical & Reform Church, built in 1867. The work is by one Harmut Ringle, a German native now living in Wisconsin Dells.

It’s entitled “The Power of Fragility” and it does make one wonder — as good art does — about the lives of the people who worshiped at that church for 90+ years and what happened to them. Did they lead prosperous and happy lives? Come to grief?

It’s on County Hwy B between the village of Plain and Sauk City.

‘The Power of Fragility’ — egg shells on ancient floor boards of an empty old church.

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21 Responses to Temporary art in beautiful Sauk County WI

  1. Alfred E. Newman says:

    We do enjoy the finer, simpler things in life.

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  2. richard lesiak says:

    Since the Senate has nothing going on right now and is taking the next 16 days off maybe they can come up to Sauk County too. “Ya know, check out the colors, wine tasting, hang out with ROJO. Would be a good time for all.

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  3. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    Been that route (C.T.H. B off’n State Hwy 60) many a time; good road the whole way to Plain, rolling through marvelously productive farmland.

    No victims out that way…

    The Gotch

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  4. Amos Roe says:

    I lived in a natural paradise in the heart of Sauk County for nearly 30 yrs and I feel that it saved my life. Or at least I KNOW it made me whole again. Was just out visiting today. Thanks to the Nature Conservancy and the previous owners of this land, the old farm house and outbuildings are all gone. It’s now God’s Country again.

    David, I really appreciate your occasional posts like this one that provide such poetic balance in your writing. For me, it’s actually your accounts of your excursions away from this city that make it clear to me that you are a man that one can trust.

    Thanks again.

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    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      There’s a beautiful, old church (St. Mary’s) in Keyesville (north of Bear Creek and just into Richland County) where I used to take an elderly friend to Christmas Eve service.

      Seeing hillside farmhouses decked out in Holiday Splendour in the early evening darkness along the way was a real treat!

      Had clients in Honey Creek, Westfield, Ironton, and many other Sauk County TWSPS; where were you?

      The Gotch

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      • Amos Roe says:

        Honey Creek and that’s as specific as I’ll get. The fate of Pewit’s Nest comes to mind. 😉

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          Some of my now deceased clients were on Jacoby Road in Honey Creek, Mill Road in Troy, & Prairie Road in Prairie Du Sac TWSP.

          Don’t take too awful long to…um…find oneself Hell-n-Gone out that way!

          FWIW, The Gotch pulled the lever for you in the 2019 School Board primary.

          The Gotch

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  5. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    Anyone that makes it out as far as Plain ought head a little further NW to Carr Valley Cheese just north of Lime Ridge on C.T.H. G.

    Certified Master/World Champion Cheese Maker Sid Cook (winner of more top national and international awards than any other cheesemaker in North America!) is one of the most unassuming guys you’ll ever meet, and the squeaky-fresh curds and Six Year Aged Cheddar will make it worth the trip!

    The Gotch

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    • georgessson says:

      YES, good catch ! We caught it on the day they had their little hometown summer celebration. Unusual cemetery above the road on a steep hillside. WI is a great place to just cruise off in any direction (other than Beloit). Gorgeous drive, hope we can re-visit for Fall Color ! We shoulda bought more cheese….

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      • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

        “We shoulda bought more cheese….”

        Practically have to take out a second on the house for any quantity of that Six Year Old Cheddar.

        Regrettably, they just CLOSED their Middleton store on Parmenter.

        Agree on the Beloit avoidance.

        Despite all the other reasons, the name is an onomatopoeia for dropping a steel marble into a toilet…

        The Gotch

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        • richard lesiak says:

          We have a Carr Valley on the main drag in the Dells. Come on up. Let me know when your in town to meet.

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        • georgessson says:

          HAH ! 😉 !

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          “HAH ! 😉 !”

          No kidding!

          Missing Persons Report: Cornelius Hieronymus Gotchberg (AKA The Gotch) was last seen entering the parking lot of the Carr Valley Cheese outlet at 420 Broadway in The Dells.

          The vehicle’s keys, a cell phone, and $7892.57 in cash (apparently earmarked for a 200 lb/90.72 kg Six Year Aged Cheddar wheel purchase) were recovered, leading officials to believe this was NOT a robbery, but a targeted incident.

          Rancid donut remnants, disgustingly fetid powdered sugar, an I’m Ridin’ With Biden pocket protector/fanny pack combo, and evidence of a struggle were discovered at the scene.

          This remains an ongoing investigation…….

          The Gotch

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        • richard lesiak says:

          I see it doesn’t pay to be nice to gootchie. No one would steal a 10 yr old Focus anyway.

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  6. Amos Roe says:

    OK Gotch, I admit that one was funny.

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  7. Alfred E. Newman says:

    Art’s Ridge Club still up on G

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    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      Plenty of ridges up that way; hollers too. Moreso over into Vernon, Richland, & Crawford Counties.

      In their most private moments, longtime residents of each kinda long down their noses at the other.

      The Gotch

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  8. Eric Z says:

    Mullins Cheese in Mosinee has 10yr cheddar for around 12-13.00lb. Its really good stuff. The salt crystals are just starting to form up. I have some in the back of the fridge that is about 13.5yrs old now.

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    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      That’s a mighty fine price for a Ten Year!

      Been to the original facility in Knowlton.

      Cheese-o-philes will drop a load on their favorites, but @$209/lb, The Gotch says let ’em keep their Hook’s 20 Year Cheddar.

      The Gotch

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