Industrial Decay: Fading of an American Dream

Towner + Tippett

The steady erosion of mid- century industrial and urban complexes continues to threaten the American dream. We can look at abandoned structures as a new renaissance; an opportunity to convert the decay to sublime levels of creativity and beauty. Our piece will illustrate how beautiful building abandonment can be when it is exposed to new light. The artwork is constructed as a wall sculpture with an external light installation. A photographic image was taken of an encaustic art piece that was created to represent an old industrial structure. This image was processed and output on brushed aluminum panels. A single vintage Edison bulb illuminates the panels creating the illusion of art coming out of the darkness. An installation is created with the bulb hanging from the ceiling illuminating the piece. Optional: Installation can be selected with or without chair. Art piece measures 16"H x 36"W.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: 3' -bulb from art
  • Medium: encaustic wax, photograph,brushed aluminum metal, light bulb and cord
  • Width: 4'x5'
  • Year created: 2014
  • Height: 8'-hanging bulb

About Towner + Tippett

When you combine 13 years of Christine's encaustic fine art with Jeff's 25 years of photographic illustration, something magical happens. This piece represents a unique collaboration of both talents. More information about them can be seen at and