MoonTree Wind Turbine

Tuesday, 09 November 2010


In 1993, naturalist/artist Sister Mary Baird identified a dilapidated poultry barn as a resource. She began turning that resource into a living space and workshop. This space became known as MoonTree Lodge.

The environment proved condusive to creativity. Gardens and prairies were planted. Sister Mary and friends made art. The environment attracted more naturalists, artists and other creative people.

With the support of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, MoonTree Community began to consider a new home, to replace the failing poultry barn. After carefully weighing concerns about wasting the existing structure and increasing their footprint, MoonTree Community decide to recycle the old building and begin plans for a new one. In early 2008, meetings began with architect Dodd Kattman of Morrison, Kattman, Menze, Inc. of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Fast forward to October 2010 and the once dilapidated poultry barn has blossomed into something recognizable... Sure, it's in a different location and yes you can recognize the shapes as future buildings; buildings that will not only live true to the artistic nature of MoonTree but will be LEED Gold certified as well. But look deeper still… past the skeletal outlines and cloud wafting turbines, past the construction signs and hardhat sporting workers and you’ll recognize the real MoonTree . The MoonTree whose purpose and mission is to “challenge people to experience mindfulness as they fearlessly explore the interconnectedness of art, nature, and the Spirit within.”

Below is only a brief look into the construction process and doesn't do the artistic wonder of the site justice by any means. However the little over 18 hours captured were a very exciting and large step forward in the construction process. The time-lapse footage is of the wind turbine and timber raising that took place on October 21, 2010.

A little unknown fact about that day is of the unspoken prayers for a calm wind. Everyone knows it's extremely difficult to erect an object like a massive wind turbine but add in the element of high winds and you have a recipe for disaster. So prayers were said... Did God answer? Watch the video again, and you'll notice that once the turbine is up and secure the windless day turns into that which kites and (already erected) wind turbines love, complete with swirling dust, debris, and the occasional tumbleweed. Yes, God answered our prayers.

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