This weekend welcomes the most innovative art initiative to ever hit Raleigh, The Bain Project. A lot of you have heard of it, and are familiar with what the group of artists are putting together. For those that are not, the project is a group of artists from different disciplines working on a collaborative site-specific art installation that will take place in an abandoned water treatment plant, the E.B. Bain Waterworks. Well… what exactly does that mean? I spoke with Daniel Kelly, the project’s creator and organizer, and asked him to help explain a little bit more about his thoughts behind the process of the project.
In 2005 Empire Properties, a company known best for its thoughtful reconstruction of many downtown buildings including the Raleigh Times Bar, bought Raleigh’s E.B. Bain Waterworks, a relic of the Public Works Administration on southern Fayetteville Street, and launched an elaborate project to renovate the building and reintroduce it to the community. Four years later, what was once a crumbling industrial leftover from the Great Depression is a cavernous Art Deco feast of engineering and architecture from the era – exciting to say the least. Bain Waterworks’ massive scale and ornate details feel magical, and the craftsmanship and quality of construction are apparent even as the building fights entropy.