Artist Statement

Some monuments are accidental. They are structures that have transcended their original functional, for reason of aesthetic or social value, continue to exist as abstract objects in quiet, lonely commemoration. The derelict grain silos that litter Southern Ontario are monuments of this type. Once a staple piece of infrastructure on the family farm, the need and use of these small silos has declined right alongside the family farm itself. While much of the other small scale infrastructure from previous generations has either been re purposed or decayed away, the study, modern-looking silos often persist long after any need for them has disappeared, becoming silent, grey memorials to places that no longer exist. In this way, the silos have transition beyond their original function and taken up a new role as monuments to continuing physical and social changes in our region.