TRUST
Cochrane Alberta Mural Mosaic
Artist:

Bill Dawson

Panel
#72
Title:

The Demise of the Prairie Grain Elevators

Medium:
Oil
Artist Comments: Rising some 80 feet above the prairie landscape, they stood as a symbol of small agrarian society. Like the totem pole of the West Coast, they serve as a monument to bygone days. The elevator's stark simplicity and geometric shape is the ultimate example in architecture of form following function. In 1934, there were 1755 elevators in Alberta. Ravaged by fire and destroyed by man, there were only 327 left in 1996. Cochrane's elevator was destroyed by fire in 1981.