Friday, September 9, 2016

Waunakee's Barn of the Day!

Today's Pick: "Portrait of John Nils Rippen: There's a Face and Story Inside Every Barn"
Artist(s): Don Esser
Materials: Horse era farm implements, found objects
Location on Main Street: In front of Chamber of Commerce
In their own words – Artist’s Inspiration: "My barn is titled John Nils Reppen, the father of my Norwegian grandmother who helped mentor me during my childhood. It's made from repurposed silo bands, 9 horse shoes, a sleigh runner and parts,old tools and old stainless steel butter knives for hair and mustache. My belief is that behind every barn there is a face and a story. People who devoted their lives working to make a better life for themselves and their children. Looking at a old barn is like reading the opening chapter of a book about their lives."

You're invited!
Join us for an afternoon full of Wisconsin tradition as we auction off 15 unique steel barns from the 2016 Barns on Main Waunakee Public Art Project! Stop by on Sunday, September 18 during Wauktoberfest to take a one of a kind piece of Wisconsin art home with you!

This project brought together 15 artists, all from Waunakee, who created what Wisconsin meant to them on a 27" steel barn donated by Endres Manufacturing Co. The barns have been on display along Main St. in Waunakee since June, but now it's time they find a permanent home.

All proceeds from the auction will benefit local charities. This year the recipients of proceeds from the project are: Endres Manfacturing Co. Foundation, Schumacher Farm Park, and the Waunakee Creative Economy Initiative.

Stay tuned as we will feature a couple of barns each week leading up to the auction on September 18. Keep an eye out for the next installment of Barn of the Day. For more information on Barns on Main and to see photos of all 15 pieces of art, visit

For photos, click on the "2016 Barns Auction" tab on the left side of the page.