Robert Harrison

Energy Silo

Referencing the physicality of modern steel grain silos that dot the landscape in Montana and the west, this is a reinterpreted resurrection of the silo element that I used in the Architecture of Space: Montana Vernacular at the Holter Museum of Art in 2009. The wooden structure of the piece was utilized and indigenous granite was procured from Granitewood, our property west of Helena.

  • 2013
  • Granitewood, Helena, Montana
  • 12' Wide diameter at base x 20' High

The wooden sub-structure is bolted to a concrete foundation. The spiraling aluminum tubing was part of the original installation, but with the skeletal wooden structure exposing the interior, it is much more dramatic and the reflective surfaces catch the light from considerable distance. Upon installation, I began to photograph the shadows that the piece produced, changing from summer to winter.