RAIS­ING THE BARN AT THE FARM­ERS MAR­KET

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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.

PHO­TO­GRAPHS BY JOHN REN­NI­SON, THE HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR

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