Growing up in Iowa is similar to small-town Minnesota.  We've got grain bins, silos, and water towers in both states and in some towns, those silos seem to dominate the skyline.  Throughout the years though, some of those silos have remained empty and one town in Iowa, Fort Dodge, decided to turn one of its older, well-known items into art.  Sound familiar, Rochester, Minnesota?  Yeah, you have a little thing about that corn cob tower.

Rochester's Ear of Corn Water Tower (TSM)
Rochester's Ear of Corn Water Tower (TSM)
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Extremely Large, Abandoned Items that are Multiple Stories High are Now Considered Art in Minnesota and Iowa

Photo credit: Abeling Photo
Photo credit: Abeling Photo
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The corn cob tower in Rochester, Minnesota is looking gorgeous thanks to a makeover it had recently.  You may not know this but before that happened, there was a lot of chatter and groups wanting this to be saved and for everyone to share their thoughts with the city council.  We talked a little bit about this in a story that you can read here.

I wondered what other towns were doing to preserve "landmarks" or other pieces of history that were in their town.  Our landscape in the midwest is full of so much history; silos, grain bins, beautiful old barns, and so much that will soon be gone if not preserved.

Well, I found something that is ordinary in my hometown of Fort Dodge, Iowa, that did just that.  Silos.  Big, humungous silos that were abandoned and are now huge, gigantic pieces of art.  You won't believe how amazing these are turning into...but you can watch the video of these now amazing works of art that the Des Moines Register put together (click here if you can't see it below).

I was finally able to get a selfie about 9 months ago with the painted silos when it wasn't a torrential downpour.  If you follow me on Facebook and Instagram, you probably already saw it.  If not, enjoy the massive piece of art below!

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I'm hearing that Mankato also had the same artist do a magnificent piece on some silos as well!  If you've taken any photos of those, I'd love to see them.  You can send those my way to my Facebook page at Jessica On The Radio or to my e-mail at jessica.wiliams@townsquaremedia.com.

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