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A bright blue butterfly flaps its wings atop the pointed finger of a giant yellow hand. Goldfish pour from a two-story-high broken fish bowl as a fly armed with a flyswatter turns the tables on his pests. A spiked club wielding Jack pops out of Pandora’s box, and skeletal fish holding skeletal umbrellas await a rain that never comes.

“I want to pipe in water someday,” Porter said, noting that the sculpture is created with actual pipe.

A 20-foot-tall upside-down yellow and pink hammer sits behind a pair of red monks that “people mistakenly think are grim reapers.” He originally wanted nine monks, and he hopes one day to add a musical element.

“I love Gregorian chants,” he said.

Ludwig said Porter has curated his pieces in a beautiful way, using wide-open prairie spaces as a canvas while sprinkling hidden whimsies throughout.

“He’s a really talented artist,” Ludwig said. “And for really not having any formal training, it’s really impressive.”

The bronze colored bull head, which is guarded by four ram-head skeletons, whistles and hums with the passing prairie winds.

Porter during a recent tour heads inside, points and warns of some bats hanging from the rafters. They look real, but they’re actually sub-sculptures he uses on his tour. He laughs, then ascends the staircase and jumps into the porch swing for a few sways before continuing.

Porter also claims the “world’s largest ball of invisible twine,” but says he’s unsure where he placed the piece.

How many people visit each year? Porter has no idea.

“When I’m really busy I can’t count them,” he said. “And when I’m not busy it’s not worth counting them.”

Porter’s latest project is 40-foot-tall horse that will top Leonardo Da Vinci’s proposed masterpiece by about 16 feet and weigh more than the bull’s head. (Da Vinci was commissioned to build the largest horse statue in the world in the 15th century but he never completed the project, though modern versions have been made.) Porter’s horse is back in St. Lawrence and could take years to complete. He has no idea how he’ll transport it to Montrose.

The man who’s had no formal art training has another ironic bucket-list item.

“I want to take an art class sometime,” Porter said.


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