Silos make fun site for art installation
Some artists dream of showing their work in white boxes. That’s the classic gallery configuration: ample walls with bright, sharply focused lighting.
The exhibit space at The Silos at Sawyer Yards is anything but that.
The hive of renovated rice silos in the Washington Avenue Arts District are, well, silos: round, 11 to 15 feet in diameter and very tall – about 80 feet, with funnel contraptions at about 13 feet.
Principal owner Jon Deal deemed the silos too cool to tear down, sensing they’d be a prominent landmark for the creative campus he and his partners are building. Deal, who is converting part of the sprawling silos compound into studios and offices, donated more than $180,000 to turn the cylindrical structures into a unique site-specific art installation space managed by the Washington Avenue Arts District.
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