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Grain Silo Gets 'Despicable' Paint Job

Friday, June 17, 2016

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The long, flat stretches of road in rural Indiana can lead to driver fatigue, but if you’re cruising through Wells County and see a giant minion on the side of the road, don’t worry: You’re not hallucinating.

The big yellow guy popped up on the farm of Kathy Stark earlier this year, a tribute to her late husband, Jim, who had talked about painting the farm’s old grain silo like one of the characters last year, but passed away last fall before the job could be done.

According to media reports, Stark has lived on the farm for 37 years, and last year, she and her husband decided the silo was in desperate need of a fresh coat of paint. It was then that the minion idea came up, in part to entertain the grandkids. And because, let’s face it: That silo is shaped exactly like a minion.

Family Project

According to The Washington Post, the piece was a family affair.

Stark has a son and daughter who are architects, and they have a cousin who is a welder, the Post reports—that’s who created the six-foot eyes that pop off the character’s face. The 25-foot-tall silo took about 14 gallons of paint to finish, according to reports.

It’s become the talk of Wells County and the surrounding environs, of course. Stark told WANE-TV that even a nearby senior center took a field trip to see the minion.

Despicable, Ubiquitous

The minions were created for the 2010 movie Despicable Me, released by Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment. The gibberish-speaking peons of bad guy Gru became wildly popular despite their propensity for serving evil masters.

A movie prequel, simply called Minions, was released in 2015, and the characters have become ubiquitous in pop culture, surfacing at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and as Twinkie treats.

If you’re in the neighborhood and want to see for yourself, local news sources report that the farm is on Rt. 750 East near East Rt. 1000, just east of the town of Ossian.


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