Old rice silos transformed into contemporary art space

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In today's Hometown Live, Elissa Rivas gets an inside look at a new exhibit space in repurposed rice silos (KTRK)

In the Washington Avenue Arts District, people have turned something you'd likely see on a farm into a unique exhibit, 'Silos on Sawyer.'

It's a celebration of contemporary art inside one of Houston's newest art exhibition spaces.

For decades, 'The Silos on Sawyer' was a rice packaging plant. Now, more than two dozen re-purposed silos serve as site-specific exhibition space -- art created only to view here for a limited time. Much of the art is interactive.

Artist Aaron Courtland used more than a thousand tiny mirrors and a constantly moving projector to develop his vision of a silo as an abandoned space lab.

Courtland said, "I would like to believe no one has ever installed a space station inside of an old rice silo like this before so the experience should be fresh and new for anybody that walks through the environment."

Artist Trey Duvall's work, which includes two tons of porcelain clay and steel, is yet to be revealed. However, inside a silo with water dripping from the ceiling, Duvall explained, "As the water drips down the silo cone, it starts to oxidize and rust the steel to ultimately degrade this clean shape into something that then breaks down and seeps out and the silo then becomes the container."

Take a closer look at the exhibit in the video above. The exhibit is free and opens tomorrow night.

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