Some monuments are accidental. They are structures that have transcended their original functional, for reason of aesthetic or social value, continue to exist as abstract objects in quiet, lonely commemoration. The derelict grain silos that litter Southern Ontario are monuments of this type. Once a staple piece of infrastructure on the family farm, the functional usefulness of these silos has declined alongside the prevalence of the family farm itself. While many other remnants of the older rural landscape disappear, the study, modern-looking silos often survive, and whether knowingly maintained, unintentionally preserved or simply too stubbornly built to fall over, they become silent, grey memorials to places that no longer exist. In this way, the silos have transitioned beyond their original function and taken up a new role as monuments to continuing physical and social changes in our region.
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