RAISING THE BARN AT THE FARMERS MARKET
Artist Dave Hind’s public art project “Raising the Barn” completes the street space near the façade of the Hamilton Farmers’ Market. The 5.5-metre-high work is made from repurposed aluminum siding and signage, and includes smaller individual pieces created by other local artists. The title suggests a work that literally raises a barn — an icon of rural Ontario — above the sidewalk, as well as reminding the viewer of their connection to the rural landscape and agriculture. It also evokes the idea of a traditional rural barn-raising in the way it was created. The piece was selected from 48 submissions by a volunteer jury through the City of Hamilton’s public art process. A celebration for the York Boulevard public art piece is planned for Friday, 5 p.m., during the James Street North Art Crawl.