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Cole Thompson : “Grain Silos” (Photography)

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Grain Silos: Enduring Giants, Created by Man

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Grain Silo Detail No 55
Larimer County, CO
Photograph
2007

Grain Silo Detail No 51
Fort Collins, CO
Photograph
2007

Grain Silo Detail No 57
Larimer County, CO
Photograph
2007

Grain Silo Detail No 54
Fort Collins, CO
Photograph
2007

Silo Detail No 20
Near Grover, CO
Photograph
2007

Three Silos
Central Colorado
Photograph
2007

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“Enduring Giants, Created by Man” is a study of grain silos, not as functional farm implements, but as objects of art. America’s plains are covered with grain silos. They are a central fixture of every small town and on every family farm; but they are so common that people are unaware of their beauty. The purpose of this portfolio is to reveal that beauty. When I created my first grain silo image, it immediately reminded me of the statues of Easter Island. Both stand alone, emotionless and watching. I began to see the silos as I saw the Easter Island statues, as enduring giants who silently watched as man scurried about, perhaps even with a slight grin as they observed our self-importance.

As I moved in closer, I began to notice the unique way in which light reflected from their torsos onto the adjacent surfaces and how each hour transformed the same image into a different view. I saw intricate variations in the seemingly homogenous materials from which they were built. Grain silos are generally observed from a distance and seen solely as functional objects. Up close they bear no resemblance to their distantly studied selves but are revealed as strong sculptures with stark contrasts and abstract shapes. Up close they expose a beautiful and enduring permanence.” Cole Thompson

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Cole Thompson : Portfolio

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3 Responses to “Cole Thompson : “Grain Silos” (Photography)”


  1. March 11, 2011 at 1:11 am

    I love the 3rd, 4th and 6th picture!
    So beautifully composed!

  2. March 12, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    I love them all, very cool mix

  3. 3 Polah2006
    March 14, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Good work!


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