Shanty of Wonder

The Shanty of Wonder was part of the 2012 Art Shanty Project and 2012 North Spark festival

Celebrating what makes ice fishing a wonderful Minnesota pastime, the Shanty of Wonder was created to inspire a sense of mystery and whimsy on top of the harsh environment of a frozen lake. Stop in and feel free to experiment with the mechanisms that cover our walls. Try to break the code on our bank vault door, or simply leave a message in a bottle to your future self (or the fish—most people leave messages for the fish). Remember to mind your fingers, always take a step back when unleashing the energy in unknown machines, and please bring cocoa.

(The fish are happy that we are reaching out to them and enjoy the opportunity to learn about the crazy things happening above water. Just please do not ask if you can eat them: they do not care for that. They understand that they will be eaten sooner or later, if not by something above the water then definitely by a larger fish. They prefer to live in the moment, the blissful yet ignorant moment.)

Gears of interest

  1. ice fishing pole jig
  2. planetary model
  3. fish chasing hook
  4. counter weight
    1. wound by 
  5. Peg wall for DIY gear combinations


  1. sun of planetary system
  2. ceiling edges of shanty
  3. lights behind some of the gears that are on at all times
    1. some could change color based on speed of the gears
      1. use Pete’s color changing discs and arduino

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