Journey Indiana

S3 E13 | FULL EPISODE

Episode 313

Coming to you from the Fort Wayne Museum of Art…learn the story behind the "King of Desks" - once made right here in Indiana; travel to Modoc's Market in Wabash to learn all about its namesake; grab a cup with the folks at Modbar; and see the story behind a unique piece of public art in Bloomington.

AIRED: January 19, 2021 | 0:26:46
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>> PRODUCTION SUPPORT FOR

"JOURNEY INDIANA" IS PROVIDED

BY:

>>> COMING UP, LEARN THE STORY

BEHIND THE KING OF DESKS, ONCE

MADE RIGHT HERE IN INDIANA.

>> TRAVEL TO MODOCK'S MARK IN

WABASH TO LEARN ABOUT ITS

NAMESAKE, A 1900-POUND INDIAN

ELEPHANT.

>> AND SEE THE STORY BEHIND A

UNIQUE PIECE OF PUBLIC ART IN

BLOOMINGTON.

THAT'S ALL ON THIS EPISODE OF

"JOURNEY INDIANA"!

>>> WELCOME TO "JOURNEY

INDIANA."

I'M ASHLEY CHILLA, COMING TO YOU

FROM THE FORT WAYNE MUSEUM OF

ART.

>> AND I'M BRANDON WENTZ AT THE

SWOPE ART MUSEUM IN TERRE HAUTE.

>> SO BRANDON, WE ARE FEATURING

SOME OF THE INDIANA'S FINEST ART

MUSEUMS OVER THE NEXT FEW

EPISODES AND WE'RE STARTING

RIGHT HERE IN THE SUMMIT CITY.

THE FORT WAYNE MUSEUM OF ART IS

A REGIONAL MUSEUM WITH A FOCUS

ON AMERICAN ART FROM THE 19th

19th CENTURY TO THE PRESENT.

LOCATED IN DOWNTOWN FORT WAYNE,

THE MUSEUM IS HOME TO THE

PARADIGM GALLERY SHOP WHICH

FEATURES THE ORIGINAL ARTS AND

CRAFTS OF OVER 75 REGIONAL AND

NATIONAL ARTISTS AND WE WILL

LEARN ALL ABOUT THAT IN JUST A

BIT, BUT FIRST, WE ARE HEADED TO

INDIANAPOLIS TO LEARN ALL ABOUT

A PIECE OF FURNITURE THAT'S A

WORK OF ART IN ITS OWN RIGHT.

PRODUCER JASON PEAR HAS THE

STORY OF THE WOOTEN PATENT DESK.

>> WELL, I THINK THE PHRASE THAT

SUMS IT UP IS THE ADVERTISING

PHRASE WHICH IS A PLACE FOR

EVERYTHING, AND EVERYTHING IN

ITS PLACE.

AND THE IDEA WAS THAT THE

SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSMAN COULD

HAVE EVERYTHING WITHIN REACH,

SITTING AT HIS DESK, EVERYTHING

WAS RIGHT THERE.

>> ALL OF THAT, THANKS TO A

REMARKABLE PIECE OF FURNITURE,

MANUFACTURED BY INDIANA'S OWN

WOOTEN DESK COMPANY.

>> THEY WERE PART OF A LARGER

MOVEMENT TOWARDS WHAT IS CALLED

PATENT FURNITURE.

IF YOU HAD A PATENT, NOT ONLY

DID THAT PROWILL TECT YOUR

PROPERTY LEGALLY -- PROTECT YOUR

PROPERTY LEGALLY BUT IT SIGNALED

TO THE PUBLIC THAT THIS WAS

SOMETHING THAT WAS NEW.

IT WAS THE LATEST, AND IT REALLY

WAS A MODERN DEVICE.

>> BY 1874, WILLIAM WOOTEN HAD

TWO PATENTED DESK DESIGNS.

ONE WAS THE ROTARY DESK, BUT THE

ONE THAT MADE THE COMPANY'S NAME

WAS THE TALL, DROP-FRONT MODEL

OFFICIALLY TITLED WOOTEN PATENT

CABINET OFFICE SECRETARY, A HIT

AT THE 1876 PHILADELPHIA

CENTENNIAL EXPOSITION, THE DESK

WAS SOON BEING ADVERTISED UNDER

A DECIDEDLY MORE MARKETABLE

MONIKER.

>> THE KING OF DESK WAS PROBABLY

THE OTHER SLOGAN YOU SEE THE

MOST.

YOU DO HAVE SOME COMPETITORS

COMING UP WITH THE QUEEN OF

DESKS, WHICH IS END COO OF -- IS

KIND OF INTERESTING.

QUITE A FEW PROMINENT PEOPLE HAD

THEM, ROCKEFELLER.

THEY ARE NOT PURCHASING THEM

BECAUSE THAT'S THE MOST

EFFICIENT WAY TO RUN THEIR GIANT

ENTERPRISES.

IT SAYS SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR

TASTE.

IT SAYS SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR

IMPORTANCE AND THAT YOU ARE HERE

TO STAY AND THAT YOU HAVE THIS

LEVEL OF PRESTIGE.

>> BUT THEY CERTAINLY WITH

RESPECT ALL SHOW.

THE COMPARTMENTS MORE THAN 100

IN ALL, SERVED A BIGGER PURPOSE.

>> WE HAVE QUARTERMASTER DESKS

HERE IN THE COLLECTION, SOME OF

WHICH ARE QUITE QUITE CRUDE,

ALMOST LIKE FRUIT CRATE.

IT'S SIZED FOR THE WAY THAT

DOCUMENTS WERE FOLDED AND

LABELED AND FILED.

>> THE WOOTEN, ALTHOUGH MUCH

MORE ELABORATE WAS REALLY NO

DIFFERENT.

>> THAT MAY LOOK A LITTLE QUAINT

TO US TODAY, BUT THAT REALLY WAS

THE STANDARD FOR FILING AND

ORGANIZATION IN AN OFFICE AT THE

TIME.

THEY ACTUALLY MADE A LADY'S

VERSION AS WELL THAT IT WAS FOR

HER TO RUN HER HOME.

AGAIN, WITH THOSE VICTORIAN

VIRTUES OF EFFICIENCY AND

ORGANIZATION.

REALLY THE LAST DESKS ARE

PROBABLY PRODUCED ABOUT 1897.

BY THEN, THE WHOLE WAY THAT

FILING TAKES PLACE, THE WHOLE

ORGANIZATION OF THE OFFICE ARE

CHANGING.

SO THEY JUST ESSENTIALLY

OUTLIVED BOTH THEIR USEFULNESS

AND THEIR STYLISHNESS.

>> WE HAVE SEVERAL WOOTEN DESKS

IN THE COLLECTION.

OUR DESKS ARE FROM THE PERIOD

WHEN THE COMPANY WAS IN

INDIANAPOLIS, AND THEN WE HAVE A

LADIES SECRETARY WHICH IS MUCH

RARER, AND IT HAS LIGHTER WOODS.

THEY ALL HAVE A COMBINATION OF,

YOU KNOW, USUALLY WALNUT BECAUSE

THEY WERE ALSO MAKE IN OAK WITH

FURLED WOOD PANELS, VERY TYPICAL

OF THE RENAISSANCE REVIVAL

DESIGN THAT IS AT THE HEART OF

THE WOOTEN DESK DESIGN.

ON VIEW IN OUR SECOND FLOOR

GALLERY, WE HAVE WHAT IS

SOMETIMES KNOWN AS THE WAYNE

GRIFFIN DESK, WHICH IS A

SUPERIOR GRADE, AND THERE ARE

ONLY A HANDFUL OF SUE SUPERIOR GRADE

WOOTEN DESKS.

IT APPEARS IN THE 1868 CATALOG

AND LOOKS LIKE AN EXPOSITION

PIECE.

IT WAS MEANT TO DEMONSTRATE THE

EXTREMELY HIGH QUALITY OF WORK

THAT COULD BE DONE SHOULD YOU

CHOOSE TO PAY FOR IT.

WE HAVE SEVERAL WHAT WE CALL

CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE, THOSE ARE

AREAS WHERE WE HAVE PARTICULAR

DEPTHS IN THE COLLECTION AND IN

OUR EXPERTISE, AND ONE OF THOSE

IS INDIANA INNOVATION AND

INDUSTRY AND AGRICULTURE.

ESPECIALLY REFLECTING THAT

POST-CIVIL WAR PERIOD AND THE

WOOTEN DESKS ARE SUCH A GREAT

EXAMPLE OF THAT, AS WELL AS,

AGAIN THIS WHOLE SURROUND OF

OTHER MANUFACTURERS WHO WERE

WORKING, TRYING TO FIGURE OUT

THE SAME KINDS OF QUESTIONS, AND

REALLY WERE QUITE POPULAR AND

QUITE VISIBLE FOR THEIR TIME.

SO THERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS

THAT WE CAN LEARN FROM THE

DESKS, A LOT OF GREAT STORIES

FROM THE WHOLE INNOVATION AND

MANUFACTURING TO JUST WHAT IT

SAYS ABOUT HOW BUSINESSES WERE

RUN AND WHAT PEOPLE VALUED.

>> YOU CAN LEARN MORE AT

INDIANAMUSEUM.ORG.

JUST SEARCH FOR WOOTEN.

EARLIER WE CAUGHT UP WITH

CHARLES SHEPHERD THE PRESIDENT

AND C.E.O. HERE AT THE FORT

WAYNE MUSEUM OF ART.

>> WELL, THIS PLACE IS ABOUT

CHANGE FIRST AND FOREMOST.

AND I MEAN THAT VERY

SPECIFICALLY IN THE SENSE THAT

IF YOU THINK OF A MUSEUM, IT'S

NOT CHANGE.

THE COLLECTION IS OUT, AND YOU

MAYBE HAVE ONE SHOW A YEAR, TWO

SHOWS A YEAR CHANGE.

WE CHANGE 26 SHOWS A YEAR, AND 9

ONLY THING THAT'S ALWAYS OUT --

AND THE ONLY THING THAT'S ALWAYS

OUT IS OUR GLASS COLLECTION.

THE DAYWOOD COLLECTION IS A

WONDERFUL STORY.

IN THIS EXHIBIT, YOU WILL FIND

EVERY MAJOR NAME OF AN AMERICAN

IMPRESSIONIST ON THE WALL.

IT'S LIKE GOING THROUGH A

TEXTBOOK, REALLY AND THAT'S HOW

THEY CURATED THE SHOW TO PRESENT

THE FIRST TIME TO US.

SO ALL OF YOUR BIG NAMES ARE

THERE.

AND ALSO, SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE

SCENES THAT YOU MAY HAVE SEEN IN

A BOOK ON AMERICAN IMPRESSIONISM

PRIOR TO VISITING US.

THIS SHH WORK BY DALE ENUX WHO

COINCIDENTALLY ENOUGH GREW UP

HERE AND TRAINED AT THE FORT

WAYNE ART SCHOOL WHICH USED TO

BE THE BASIS FOR THE MUSEUM.

ALL THE WORK FOR THE SHOW WAS

CREATED NEW.

HE WORKS IN LIMESTONE, STEEL.

HE HAD SOME EXTRAORDINARY METAL

PIECES THAT ARE CUT WITH

ELABORATE PATTERNS AND THEN THEY

ARE FOUR OR FIVE LAYERS DEEP.

SOME SMALL, SOME FREE STANDING,

AND WE GOT SO EXCITED ABOUT THAT

WORK, WE ARE COMMISSIONING HIM

TO DO A 17-FOOT PIECE FOR THE

FRONT LAWN IN CELEBRATION OF OUR

100th ANNIVERSARY AS A MUSEUM.

ONE OF THE SHOWS THAT WILL BE UP

THE ENTIRE YEAR WILL BE A SHOW

ABOUT THE COLLECTION MANY COLLECTION DECADE BY

DECADE, WHAT ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS

THAT WE EITHER ACQUIRED BY GIFT

OR ACQUIRED BY PURCHASE.

AND SO CERTAINLY NOT ALL OF THE

COLLECTION WILL BE OUT IN A

YEAR, BECAUSE WE HAVE GONE FROM

HAVING 13 PIECES TO HAVE A 1,000

PIECES, BUT A LOT OF THE

COLLECTION WILL BE OUT FOR

PEOPLE.

ALL THE FAVORITES AND ALL THE

SPECIAL THINGS THAT SOMETIMES

DON'T SEE THE LIGHT OF DAY AS

MUCH AS THEY SHOULD.

>> AND YOU CAN LEARN EVEN MORE

AT FWMOA.ORG.

BRANDON?

>> THANKS, ASHLEY.

UP NEXT, WE ARE HEADED TO WABASH

COUNTY TO LEARN ABOUT AN

ELEPHANT WHO MADE QUITE A NAME

FOR HERSELF.

PRODUCER JOHN TIMM HAS THE STORY

OF MODOCK.

ALREADY

>> MODOCK BEGAN NOVEMBER 11th,

1942, WHEN TERRYL JACOBS, THE

OWNER OF THE GREAT AMERICAN

CIRCUS, BROUGHT HIS CIRCUS TO

WABASH HIGH SCHOOL, HE BROUGHT

HIS CREW OF ANIMALS AND ALONG

WITH THAT CAME THREE ELEPHANTS.

EMPRESS, JUDY, AND MODOCK.

♪ AND THESE THREE ELEPHANTS WERE

TIED UP OUTSIDE THE HIGH SCHOOL.

WHEN WALTER SLIMMERS DOGS CAME

AND STARTED BARKING AT THESE

THREE ELEPHANTS AND THEY THREW

UP THEIR TETHERS AND BROKE

LOOSE.

NOW, EMPRESS AND JUDY WERE GOOD

GIRLS AND THEY JUST MEANDERS

DOWN IN THE FRONT LAWN OF THE

HIGH SCHOOL, BUT MODOCK, SHE HAD

DIFFERENT THINGS IN MIND.

AND SHE TOOK OFF FOR DOWNTOWN.

>> THE FIRST PLACE SHE CAME WAS

MRS. H.W. REED'S HOUSE, AND SHE

HAD PUT TWO APPLE PIES OUT ON

HER WINDOWSILL FOR COOLING AND

MODOCK CAME BY ANDATE AND ATE BOTH OF

THOSE APPLE PIES.

SHE CAME TO DOWNTOWN WABASH, AND

SHE CAME UP TO THE HOTEL BEHIND

ME, THE INDIANA HOTEL, AND

STANDING THERE WERE TWO BOYS,

JERRY McVICKER AND GERALD.

AND GERALD JUST BOUGHT A BAG OF

PENNY CANDY.

THOSE BOY POOR BOYS, THEIR KNEES

WERE BANGING TOGETHER.

THEY DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO.

AND GERALD HANDED OUT THAT BAG

OF CANDY AND JUST LIKE THOSE

APPLE PIES, MODOCK TOOK THAT

BAG... BAG AND ALL, RIGHT DOWN

THE OLD HATCH!

[ CHUCKLES ]

MRS. CHAUNCEY KESSLER HAD COME

FROM THE TELEPHONE COMPANY, AND

SHE WAS GOING TO THE BRADLEY

BROTHERS DRUGSTORE WHERE WE SIT

HERE TODAY.

OF MODOCK FOLLOWED HER TO THE

FRONT DOOR OF THE BRADLEY

BROTHERS DRUGSTORE AND WHEN

MRS. KESSLER OPENED UP THAT

FRONT DOOR, OUT CAME THE AROMA

EVERY ELEPHANT DREAMS OF, THE

SMELL OF ROASTING PEANUTS!

MODOCK CRASHED THROUGH THAT

FRONT DOOR, WENT INSIDE, KNOCKED

OVER THE PEANUT ROASTER, SCARFED

UP ALL THE PEANUTS AND KNOCKED

OVER THE SODA FOUNTAIN AND MADE

A MESS OF THE WHOLE STORE!

AND THEN SHE WENT OUT THE BACK

DOOR, CRASHED OUT THE BACK DOOR,

AND KNOCKED EZRA LaSALLE INTO

THE GUTTER OF THE STREET.

MODOCK HEADED ACROSS THE STREET

TO THE UNION CIGAR STORE, AND

SHE POKED HER HEAD IN THE FRONT

DOOR.

NOW, THE UNION SI GARR CIGAR STORE WAS

NOT ALL ABOUT IS CIGAR.

IT WAS A TAVERN.

ONE OLD BOY TURNED TO THE OTHER

AND SAID, THAT'S THE LAST DRINK

I'M EVER GONNA TAKE!

[ LAUGHTER ]

>> THE STARRIES STORIES STARTED HITTING

HEAD LINES AND IT HIT NEWSPAPERS

ALL OVER THE UNITED STATES.

SHE RAMPAGED ACROSS WABASH

COUNTY AND HUNTINGTON COUNTY ON

A SEARCH FOR BETTER THINGS.

AND SO ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON,

MODOCK WAS OUT IN A FIELD NORTH

OF MOUNT ETNA, INDIANA.

THEY TRIED TO LURE MODOCK,

MODOCK DURING THAT FIVE DAYS HAD

LOST 800 POUNDS AND THE SHERIFF

OF HUNTINGTON COUNTY BROUGHT OUT

A TRUCKLOAD OF BREAD TO FEED THE

ELEPHANT.

MODOCK WAS OUT IN THE FIELD.

THE OTHER ELEPHANT, EMPRESS WAS

OUT, THERE THE LOAVES OF BREAD

WERE OUT THERE AND SLOWLY MODOCK

STARTED TO EAT THAT BREAD AND

WORK HER WAY BACK TO HER WAGON,

AND WHEN MODOCK GOT ON TO THAT

WAGON, THE ELEPHANT OWNER FED

HER 30 GALLONS OF WATER AND SIX

QUARTS OF WHISKEY TO SETTLE HER

NERVES DON'T YOU KNOW?

[ CHUCKLES ]

MY WIFE ANGIE HAD WRITTEN A

PAPER ABOUT MODOCK.

>> IRONICALLY, I WAS WORKING ON

MY MASTER'S THESIS AT MANCHESTER

UNIVERSITY FOR A FOURTH GRAD

CLASS AND IT WAS ON WABASH

COUNTY HISTORY.

AND 30 YEARS AGO, I WROTE A

PIECE ABOUT MODOCK'S MARKET.

>> SHE CAME UP WITH THE IDEA OF

THIS NAME FOR HAD COFFEE STORE

TO BE MODOCK'S MARKET.

>> WHO WOULD HAVE KNOWN THAT

THAT MANY YEARS FORWARD WE WOULD

HAVE A STORE CALLED MODOCK'S.

WE ARE NOT EVEN COFFEE DRINKERS.

I WAS NOT A COFFEE DRINKER AND I

THOUGHT, WHY DON'T WE JUST TRY

THAT?

I ALWAYS KNEW THAT MODOCK'S WAS

HERE AND I KNEW THAT MODOCK WAS

AN ELEPHANT, BUT I DIDN'T KNOW

THE DETAILS OF THE STORY.

AND SO I INQUIRED ABOUT THE JOB

HERE.

AS I TRAVEL AROUND, I ALWAYS

LIKE TO VISIT LOCAL COFFEE SHOPS

BUT I HAVE YET TO FIND A COFFEE

SHOP THAT'S AS UNIQUE AS

MODOCK'S MARKET.

>> OUR DREAM FOR THE SPACE HAS

ALWAYS BEEN THAT IT'S A PLACE

FOR EVERYONE, THAT WE WOULD SEE

NO STRANGERS.

I LOVE THE BREAK-FREE MANTRA,

REALLY.

IT SPEAKS TO ME, FOR ANYBODY WHO

NEEDS A PLACE TO CHANGE UP THEIR

DAY OR TO BREAK FREE FROM

WHATEVER IS GOING ON IN THEIR

LIFE.

>> YOU CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT

MODOCK'S NAMESAKE MARKET AT

MODOCKSMARKET.COM.

ONE THING YOU WILL FIND IS A

FULL-SERVICE COFFEE BAR AND ONE

THING THAT YOU WILL FIND IN FORT

WAYNE IS A COMPANY MAKING COFFEE

EQUIPMENT UNLIKE ANY OTHER.

PRODUCER JOHN TIM,M HAS THE STORY

BEHIND MOD BAR.

>> HI, I'M ERIC FORBANG WITH MOD

BAR.

WE MAKE COMMERCIAL ESPRESSO

MACHINES THAT ARE A LITTLE BIT

DIFFERENT THAN THE STANDARD ONES

THAT YOU SEE IN THE CAFES.

>> A FRIEND OF MINE, CORY

WALDRON FROM COUNTRY COFFEE

SPENT A LOT OF TIME PLAYING

MUSIC TOGETHER.

WE REALLY MET THROUGH MUSIC, AND

THEN FORMED OUR FRIENDSHIP

OUTSIDE OF THAT.

>> I STARTED DOING THESE

SKETCHES OF MACHINES.

THEY KIND OF LOOK LIKE SODA

FOUNTAINS OR BEER TAPS.

THEY ARE IMPOSSIBLE TO MAKE,

REALLY, AND ERIC AND I WERE

PLAYING IN A BAND.

SO WE HAD THIS FUNK, JAZZ FUNK

BAND THING GOING ON.

>> WHILE WE'RE PLAYING MUSIC,

HANGING OUT AFTER, HE KEPT

TALKING ABOUT THIS ESPRESSO

MACHINE THAT YOU COULD KIND OF

SEE THROUGH.

>> FOR SOME REASON, I HAD THIS

ZANY IDEA THAT WE COULD MAKE A

MACHINE WHERE ALL OF THE

INTERNAL COMPONENTS COULD BE

SHELVED OUT OF THE WAY FOR THE

BUSINESS END OF AN ESPRESSO

MACHINE.

THE WHOLE IDEA WAS TO ENHANCE

THE INTERACTION BETWEEN A

BARISTA AND A CUSTOMER TO

ENHANCE THE COFFEE EXPERIENCE.

>> WE HAVE FOUR DIFFERENT

PRODUCTS IN THE SHOWROOM HERE.

SO WE HAVE GOT THE NEWEST

VERSION OF OUR ESPRESSO MACHINE

THAT WE CALLED THE ESPRESSO A.V.

IT'S THE WORK HORSE.

WE HAVE THE ORIGINAL VERSION

WHICH IS THE ESPRESSO E.P., IT

GIVES US SOME GEEKIER CONTROL

OVER HOW THE COFFEE IS EXTRACTED

IN TERMS OF WE CAN CREATE A

PRESSURE PROFILE WHERE THINGS

CHANGE DURING THE COURSE OF THE

EXTRACTION.

WE HAVE A UNIT THAT STEAMS THE

MILK AND WE ALSO HAVE EQUIPMENT

TO MAKE POURED OVER COFFEE, LIKE

BREWED COFFEE.

WE CAN PRODUCE UP TO ABOUT 50

MODULES A WEEK.

SO THAT WOULD BE LIKE 50 THINGS

BEHIND THE BAR.

AND BECAUSE THE EQUIPMENT IS

MODULAR, YOU CAN DO WHATEVER YOU

WANT WITH IT.

WE ARE NOT SELLING TO 50 CAFES.

ONE PLACE MAY BUY FOUR THINGS

AND ANOTHER PLACE MAY BUY SIX

THINGS.

HERE IN FORT WAYNE, WE HAVE

CONJURE COFFEES HERE WHICH THE

COFOUNDER OF MOD BAR STARTED HIS

OWN ROASTERY AND USES OUR

EQUIPMENT THERE.

SWEETWATER SOUND HERE AS WELL,

BUT WE SPAN MOST OF THE U.S.,

AND A LOT OF THE MAJOR

METROPOLITAN AREAS GLOBALLY AS

WELL.

SEEING A LOT OF THE BUILDOUTS

WHERE MOD BAR IS INSTALLED STILL

GIVES ME THIS HUGE SENSE OF JOY

IN THAT WOW, THEY HAVE -- THEY

ARE SUPER CREATIVE WITH THIS.

IT LOOKS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING AND

PEOPLE LOVE IT.

I CAN'T BE MORE PROUD OF THAT!

IN FORT WAYNE, WE HAVE GOT A

DOZEN AT THE FACTORY HERE,

BETWEEN ASSEMBLY AND

ADMINISTRATION, AND ALL THE

ROLES THAT WE HAVE HERE IN FORT

WAYNE.

WE HAVE A GREAT TEAM OF PEOPLE

HERE.

IT'S REALLY A PLEASURE TO SEE

EVERYBODY GROW WITH THE

ORGANIZATION.

OF COURSE, I TAKE A LOT OF PRIDE

BEING AN INDIANA-BASED COMPANY.

I THINK THERE'S A LOT OF AMAZING

THINGS WE ARE DOING.

I THINK THERE'S ALSO BEEN A LOT

OF INNOVATION THAT CAME OUT OF

FORT WAYNE, THINGS LIKE GAS

PUMPS AND HAND-HELD CALCULATORS

AND TELEVISIONS.

I THINK THERE'S A LOT OF HISTORY

AND INNOVATION IN THIS TOWN AND

I'M PROUD TO BE AT LEAST A SMALL

PART OF THAT WITH MOD BAR.

>> YOU CAN GET MORE INFO AT

MODBAR.COM.

>> AND FINALLY, WE HAVE SEARCHED

THE "JOURNEY INDIANA" ARCHIVES

TO FIND A STOREY FROM

BLOOMINGTON WITH A CONNECTION

RIGHT HERE AT THE FORT WAYNE

MUSEUM OF ART.

HERE'S THE STORY OF BLOOMINGTON

BANQUETS AND SCULPTOR DALE

ENOCHS.

>> WHEN I THINK ABOUT A PUBLIC

PIECE OR A PUBLIC ART WORK, I

THINK ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE

SITE, THE SITE ITSELF, THE

ENVIRONMENT, WHAT THE

SURROUNDINGS ARE ABOUT, WHAT THE

COMMUNITY OR THE CLIENTS' IDEAS

AND NEEDS ARE, AND TRY TO MELD

ALL OF THESE IDEAS INTO SOME

COHESIVE FASHION, AND STILL

MAINTAINING MY OWN INTEGRITY.

>> AND IT WAS WITH THAT MINDSET

THAT DALE ENOCHS BEGAN TO WORK

ON HIS LATEST PIECE OF PUBLIC

ART.

THE SITE THE RECENTLY OPENED B

LINE TRAIL WAS SET.

THE FINAL DESIGN WAS YET TO BE

DETERMINED.

>> THE SITE IS RIGHT AT THE OLD

SHOWERS FURNITURE FACTORY.

WE STARTED THINKING OF

FURNITURE.

THE SITE IS WIDE OPEN.

IT NEEDS SCALE.

IT NEEDS SOMETHING THAT DOESN'T

BECOME LOST WITHIN THE

ENVIRONMENT.

IT'S ALSO AT THE SITE OF THE

FARMER'S MARKET.

YOU KNOW, WHAT IS THE FARMER'S

MARKET ABOUT?

IT'S ABOUT FEEDING PEOPLE.

IT'S ABOUT COMMUNITY.

>> PUT IT ALL TOGETHER AND YOU

GET THIS... BLOOMINGTON BANQUET,

WELL, A MODEL AT LEAST.

THE REAL THING WOULD TAKE SOME

TIME.

IN THIS CASE, MORE THAN A YEAR.

FOR DALE, WHEN IT CAME TO

CHOOSING A MATERIAL FOR THE

SCULPTURE, THE CHOICE WAS

OBVIOUS.

>> INDIANA LIMESTONE IS THE COIN

OF THE REALM.

IT'S WHERE I LIVE.

IT'S PART OF MY ENVIRONMENT.

IT'S PART OF MY COMMUNITY.

AND SO I FEEL STRONGLY ABOUT

WORKING WITH THE MATERIAL.

>> AND HE'S BEEN WORKING WITH

LIMESTONE FOR DECADES.

ALL THE WHILE, DEVELOPING HIS

SIGNATURE STYLE.

>> IT'S IMPORTANT FOR ME THAT

THE HANDS ON QUALITY BE ON THE

PIECES, THAT IT NOT BE ALL

MACHINED, THAT SOMETHING IS DONE

BY HAND AND PEOPLE CAN COME AND

UNDERSTAND AND FEEL.

WE PUT UP THE FIRST CHAIR, WHICH

WAS 20,000 POUNDS.

10 TONS OF ONE CHAIR.

AND WE PUT ALL THE PARTS

TOGETHER AND WE JUST STOOD BACK

AND JUST -- LITERALLY STARTED

LAUGHING.

IT'S JUST -- IT'S HILARIOUS.

IT'S SORT OF A COMBINATION OF

FRED FLINTSTONE AND STONE HENGE.

>> THERE ARE MOMENTS LIKE THIS

WHERE ALL YOU COULD DO IS STAND

BACK AND LAUGH.

>> I THINK IT'S GOING TO BE FUN!

>> AND IT'S NO WONDER, THE SCALE

IS DIFFICULT TO PROCESS.

>> EACH CHAIR, AS I SAID, WAYS

10 TONS, 20,000 POUNDS.

THE BOWL WEIGHS 5,000 POUNDS.

THE SCALE SEEMS TO DRAW CHILDREN

IN, AND I'M REALLY FASCINATED BY

THAT.

I'M HOPING THAT KIDS WILL BE

DRAGGING THEIR PARENTS DOWN TO

ON THE B LINE TRAIL TO GO CHECK

OUT THE HUGE KNIVES AND FORKS.

>> AND DUE TO THE SCALE OF THIS

PROJECT, DALE RELIED ON HIS

ASSISTANTS BRAISE AND JASON.

>> BRAISE WHO DOES ALL OF MY

METALWORK, AND MAINTENANCE

AROUND THE SHOP HERE.

AND SO HE'S THE ONE THAT

CONSTRUCTED THE KNIVES AND THE

FORKS.

HE KNOWS METAL INSIDE AND OUT.

>> AND JASON, HE WAS DALE'S

RIGHT-HAND MAN, STUDYING

ALONGSIDE THE MASTER.

>> AND HAS LEARNED HOW TO DO THE

TYPE OF CARVING THAT I DO, AND

THE IDIOSYNCRASIES THAT I FIND

TO HELP ME PUT THINGS TOGETHER.

>> ESSENTIALLY WHAT WE HAD HERE

WAS AN ART FACTORY WHICH I LOVE.

I THINK THAT'S JUST WONDERFUL!

THEY ARE PART OF THIS.

THIS IS NOT JUST DALE PUTTING

TOGETHER, YOU KNOW, A TABLE AND

CHAIRS.

IT'S TAKING ALL OF THESE OTHER

PEOPLE TO DO IT AS WELL.

>> AND WITH A PIECE THIS SIZE,

IT'S UNDERSTANDABLE THAT YOU

MIGHT BE WORRIED ABOUT THE

STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY.

AT ONE POINT, SO WAS DALE.

BUT AFTER MEETING WITH ENGINEERS

AND LIMESTONE EXPERTS.

>> I GUARANTEE, IT IS NOT GOING

TO FALL OVER.

YOU WILL MIGHT RUN A BUS INTO IT

AND YOU -- YOU WOULD HAVE TO BE

GOING PRETTY FAST.

[ LAUGHTER ]

>> AND IT WAS WITH THAT

CONFIDENCE THAT ASSEMBLY BEGAN,

BUT THE PROCESS WOULDN'T BE

EASY.

A CRANE WAS BROUGHT IN TO DO THE

HEAVY LIFTING.

>> AND THEN YOU HAVE FOUR LEGS

THAT ALL HAVE TO BE -- I MEAN,

WITHIN 16th, EVEN 32nd OF AN

INCH.

A WHOLE LOT OF THE TIME SPENT

PUT TOGETHER WAS ME JUST

CHECKING AND DOUBLE CHECKING AND

TRIPLE CHECKING AND SHIMMING AND

JUST MAKING REALLY MINOR

ADJUSTMENTS.

>> AND WITH THE LAST PIECE IN

PLACE, THE TABLE IS FINALLY SET.

>> IN MY MIND, WHAT VISUAL ART

IS ABOUT, IS THAT YOU CAN DIRECT

A VIEWER'S THOUGHTS WITH WHAT

YOU ARE MAKING, BUT ALSO, IT'S

NOT MANY -- FORGIVE THE PUN --

SET IN STONE, WHAT THE PIECE IS

ABOUT.

VIEWERS BRING THEIR OWN IDEAS

AND THEIR OWN CONCEPTS AND

KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCES TO IT.

SO THEY MAY SEE JUST A WHOLE LOT

OF STUFF THAT I HAVE NOT EVEN

THOUGHT ABOUT.

AND I HOPE ALL -- I ALWAYS HOPE

THAT'S THE CASE.

>> SO, ABOUT THAT FORT WAYNE

CONNECTION, THE FORT WAYNE

HUMIDITY OF ART IS FEATURING AN

EXHIBITION CALLED STATIC ENERGY,

SCULPTURED BY DALE ENOCH.

YOU CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT IT AT

THE MUSEUM'S WEBSITE.

WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO STAY

CONNECTED WITH US.

JUST HEAD ON OVER TO

JOURNEYINDIANA.ORG AND THERE YOU

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