Friday, July 01, 2011

HGR, Inc.: "Local Artists Transform Used Industrial Equipment Into Unique Chairs"

Clevelanders Share in the Story as Chairs Become Public Art

CLEVELANDJune 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- HGR seeks talented local artists to participate in the First Annual Chair&Tell.  In partnership with local public art recipients, the event showcases the creative reuse of materials from HGR's warehouse as localCleveland artists are invited to build a stunning and unique chair out of industrial surplus equipment.  With over 12 acres of items to choose from at the HGR showroom in Euclid, OH, the artists will select up to $300 worth of materials that they will transform into a chair iconic of industrial equipment.  
"I like to think of myself as a chair guy," says Kevin Busta, Artist and Chair&Tell participant. "Walking around HGR is inspirational...Sometimes I'm pulled to a certain angle of a piece."  
But Chair&Tell is not just about innovative design—it is also about the process behind it.  Artists will document the transformation through photos and videos.  The images will be displayed on the Chair&Tell website and at the kick-off Chair&Tell event this fall at Tower City where artists will be available to tell the story of the transformation.
Aidan Cho, HGR's CMO and creator of Chair&Tell, explains, "Chair&Tell was conceived from the idea that surplus equipment can have multiple lives, and in each life there is a story.  A city built on the promise of industrial manufacturing is the perfect setting in which we can inspire people to reinvent and give used industrial equipment a new life."
The finished chairs will remain on display at Tower City for several weeks following the event, and will then be moved to other public art spaces throughout Cleveland.
Interested artists should submit an application by July 1st via  Accepted applicants will receive a $500stipend and have the opportunity to have their chair displayed as public art throughout Cleveland.  HGR also seeks public art chair recipients interested in temporary, permanent, fixed or rotating displays.
For more information about Chair&Tell, visit
What is HGR?
HGR, Inc. specializes in buying and selling industrial surplus equipment.  We purchase equipment from manufacturers around the country, and resell the items to a wide variety of customers around the world.  Some of our customers are in the manufacturing industry.  Some of them are hobbyists.  Others are just looking for something off the beaten path for their next creation.  Visit for more information.
Why Chair&Tell?
We believe in sustainability, creativity and the limitless possibilities of surplus equipment. We also believe public art revitalizes communities and engages residents in the creative afterlife of the materials. Chair&Tell is an opportunity to transform industrial equipment into works of art. The chairs breathe new life into the surplus items, and Clevelanders get to share in the story.


hemcoined said...

Industrial manufacturing is the perfect setting in which we can inspire people to reinvent and give used industrial equipment a new life.

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