Monday, July 31, 2017

Siloscrapers in Illinois

One of the realizations that I have come to, living in the Midwest, is that the "rural" landscape here is of an entirely different nature than I have been used to growing up in New England or traveling out West. The rural lands here are not empty or unused, but instead are fully embraced as components of a complex industrial system. The fields of corn and soy are just out-flung biological solar panels, tied into a ubiquitous network of towering complexes of silos the size of skyscrapers: these here, along the side of a highway in Illinois, are at least 10 stories tall, probably closer to 20 for the top of the tallest tower, and embrace volume on the scale of the headquarters of a major corporation.