He also told me about the public art project.
The abandoned elevator and silos are “bombproof,” as he put it, not readily lending themselves to any scheme for demolition. Even though my own grandfather and uncle had a hand in putting up this structure, I will admit it became rather tedious.
But I object to the invective of the blogger who used the term “visual pollution” and casually denigrated the elevators. Tillotson Construction took pains to erect symmetrical buildings with graceful cupolas.
In language more suitable for a grant proposal than a black eye, Anne Trumble, a thoughtful woman, describes the Vinton Street elevators as a blank canvas for “a large-scale installation re-purposing a prominent grain elevator no longer used for its original purpose.”
In September of 2010, her nonprofit, Emerging Terrain, weighed in with “Stored Potential: Re-Purposing the Mid-Century Grain Elevator” exercise, which allowed artists to work on a large canvas, draping thirteen banners, each of twenty-by-eighty-feet, on the silos.
The theme was land use, and the result was stunning.
Good news: next month, thirteen new banners will be added, this time addressing transport–the physical kind, not the ecstasy some will experience when seeing the finished result.
- Omaha World-Herald went high above Tillotson’s Vinton Street elevator in ’47 (ourgrandfathersgrainelevators.com)
I believe its just beautiful! Nothing is built that durable any longer. I’m a longtime friend of Tim’s and over the years he has talked about this from time to time, about his dad etc. but seeing what hey are doing with it all is wonderful! Sharon
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