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Illinois plant workers plan to disassemble John Deere combine made of canned food

Monday, December 12, 2011

Built from more than 300,000 individual cans of food, the green and yellow model combine will take up to four days to deconstruct, as 20 volunteers gathered at the John Deere Pavilion to begin work.
Built from more than 300,000 individual cans of food, the green and yellow model combine will take up to four days to deconstruct, as 20 volunteers gathered at the John Deere Pavilion to begin work.

Workers at the main plant and the pavilion in Moline, Illinois, are planning to take down the 170-ton can John Deere combine sculpture that was erected as a way of fundraising for the River Bend Food Bank, according to the Quad-City Times.

Built from more than 300,000 individual cans of food, the green and yellow model combine will take up to four days to deconstruct, as 20 volunteers gathered at the John Deere Pavilion to begin work, the news source reported.

"This is the most unique construction project I've ever done before," Pat Hartmann, an engineer at the plant who volunteered to help, told the Times. "It probably has the most pieces. Tonight, we're just trying to get the game plan."

Set against the backdrop of antique John Deere tractors and new exhibits explaining the advancements in farm equipment over the years, the deconstruction project was led by many senior workers at the Moline-based plant and pavilion. According to WJBC News, the model can combine broke a world record for canned sculptures. 

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