All week, we’ve been bringing you stories from our trip to the Hidden City Festival in Philadelphia. We talked about one collective’s work to turn an old club into the home for a new secret society, about a research project to recover Edgar Allen Poe’s home in an architecture library, and about the transformation of a historical society’s artifacts into an audiovisual archive.
Each project worked within its own space, interacting with the architecture or the concept of the place to produce an interesting hybrid.
But the last place on our tour stands alone, as both place and art. As you can hear in the piece above, the John Grass Wood Turning Company only recently closed its doors in 2003.
Up until then, around 15 wood craftsmen worked to create everything from pillars to bowling pins on machinery–lathes and saws–dating back to the 1930s.
Listen to our story to learn a little more about the exhibit, and check out our photo gallery.