After standing on the prairie since May 2017, 2 of Tangle Town’s 9 silos were leaning considerably, and the Museum staff was concerned whether they would last through winter.
That is until a new opportunity unveiled itself: relocation of the 2 silos to Dakota Nature Park, a 135-acre park located on the south side of Brookings that includes a string of ponds, bike trails, and plenty of activities for users to enjoy nature. At the park, the art installation would serve as a point of interest and as a safe place for wildlife to take shelter from the weather.
“The Parks Department is excited to be able to cooperate with the Children’s Museum to create a unique interpretive station at the Dakota Nature Park that not only extends the life of a popular piece of art but also helps to educate the public about wildlife habitat,” said Director of Parks, Recreation and Forestry Dusty Rodiek.
“Tangle Town means a lot to the 77 volunteers and the Museum staff who helped create it, not to mention the thousands of children and adults who play along with us each month,” said Children’s Museum of South Dakota Associate Director Mike Mogard. “That’s why it’s been very important to find a way to let the art installation live on beyond its time here on our prairie.”
The two silos — with the help of the Parks Department staff and some heavy equipment — were removed from the prairie on a brisk fall day and transferred to the Dakota Nature Park. And the remaining 7 structures continue to be a space on the Museum prairie for children and adults to play.
“Tangle Town has been a project of the community from the very beginning,” says Mogard. “Watching the art installation bring people and organizations, not to mention squirrels and rabbits, together has been fun to see.”
The team tipped the Tangle Town structures on their side to move them to the Dakota Nature Park.
The silo was then rolled to the street and fork lifted to a waiting truck.
The structures were trucked 4 miles to Dakota Nature Park located on the south side of Brookings.
The Tangle Town silos were placed on their side and will be allowed to naturally decay offering a home for area wildlife.
Tangle Town can be seen from the walking path at Dakota Nature Park.