When Silo Turns into a Palace of Art
Asia's once largest grain silo was opened to public free from Oct. 15th for a three-month urban planning exhibition in Pudong New Area, Shanghai.
About 3,000 visitors braved the rain on the opening day to the 48-meter-tall silo with a total storage of 80,000 tons at Minsheng Wharf along Huangpu River.
Under the theme “thisCONNECTION — Sharing a Future Public Space,” the three-month Shanghai Urban Space Art Season 2017 will display a variety of different trends for the future of urban development. The biennial exhibition aims to showcase the unique features and urban cultures of Shanghai as well as to help to drive the improvement of urban space. More than 200 urban designers, architects and artists from different countries and regions will present over 200 exhibitions during the art season through to January 15.
2017上海城市空间艺术季的主题为“连接thisCONNECTION – 共享未来的公共空间”，展览将持续三个月，期间会向世人展示未来城市发展的多种不同趋势。这场两年一次的盛会将会以上海为例，展示城市发展的特征和文化，同时也助力城市空间的不断改善。在这三个月的艺术季中，将会有超过200名来自不同国家和地区的城市设计者、建筑师、艺术家等带来超过两百场的各类展览，展览一直持续至明年1月15日。
Renowned Italian architect Stefano Boeri serves as the chief curator of the art season. The Milanese architect is famous for the Bosco Verticale, or Vertical Forest, as well as serving as the chief planner for the Milan World Expo 2015.
本届艺术季的主策展人是意大利著名建筑设计师Stefano Boeri。这位来自米兰的建筑师以“垂直森林”（Bosco Verticale）而闻名世界，他还曾担任米兰2015世博会的首席设计师。
The exhibition for the art season is open to the public, from 10:30am to 5pm daily except Sundays, free of charge in the silo and nearby warehouses at Minsheng Wharf on 3 Minsheng Road.
The silo, built more than two decades ago, was the city's major wharf for grain and sugar. When it opened, it was the largest silo in Asia and the most cutting-edge silo in the Far East. The wharf area will become a commercial and cultural zone, featuring art exhibitions, hotels and other facilities in both historic and newly built structures.
Several escalators have been installed inside the silo to take visitors to the top of the structure. Apart from that, no other change has been made to the appearance of the silo, in order to protect its historic structure.
silo: n. 筒仓
biennial: n. 两年一次的
curator: n. 策展人