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Untitled [Barn, North elevation, North of Aurelia, Cherokee County, Iowa] | by Matt Niebuhr
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Untitled [Barn, North elevation, North of Aurelia, Cherokee County, Iowa]

Copyright Matt Niebuhr 2006 - All rights reserved

Matt Niebuhr

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North of Aurelia, along county road about 4 miles north of hi-way 3, a barn.


All by itself.


A vestige of another time and another farmstead, slowly vanishing from the Iowa Landscape. I've made it a concern of mine now to look closely for these old structures - most are relatively insignificant examples of rural utility in action, but in the aggregate become an alarming signal of an end of an era. Gone (or slowly vanishing) are the old wood barns and corn cribs. Their usefulness - that rural utility - is disappearing, replaced by modern steel structures - faster, bigger, cheaper... and soulless.


(2) AP - 2006

Image size 11"x17"

Printed on 13" x 19" Epson watercolor paper - radiant white

Epson Stylus Photo R1800


A special thanks to FILE magazine for presenting a selection seen here from Portraits: Faces and Profiles of Utility.


Published in Iowa Architect: Vernacular Issue, Spring 2012 - Article: "Language of the Land" pg 30-35.


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Another sort of special thanks to Teresa Jordan - Artist and Author who happened across this image - and helped me see what I've been feeling through her writing and poetry. Thanks Teresa - I'm enjoying your stories in Riding the White Horse Home:

A Western Family Album

by Teresa Jordan


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Taken on January 28, 2006