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Hill Country Science Mill features unique 'Silo of McKays' exhibit

Wimberley artist McKay Otto works in themes of light, translucence, simplicity and silence. The Hill Country Science Mill and Otto worked together to create a unique art experience in one of the hands-on science center's 40-foot-tall silos. The art exhibit is called ‘Silo of McKays’ and features seven abstract paintings hung above seven Tibetan bowls. The unveiling is Nov. 14 during An Evening of Art & Science, which starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person and available at The exhibit opens to the public beginning Nov. 15. Courtesy photo

JOHNSON CITY — The Hill Country Science Mill will dedicate a new art installation titled “Silo of McKays” during An Evening of Art and Science on Nov. 14.

The fundraiser will help support programs at the Science Mill, 101 S. Lady Bird Lane. Tickets for the event are $100 a person with sponsorships available as well. The event is 6:30-9 p.m. at the Science Mill.

The Science Mill’s mission is to engage and inspire students in science, technology, engineering and math education and careers through hands-on learning.

An Evening of Art and Science will serve as the public unveiling of “Silo of McKays," which is in one of the center's 40-foot grain silos. The art project is named for McKay Otto, a Wimberley artist who created the exhibit.

The exhibit features seven abstract paintings hung above seven Tibetan bowls. The space is thoughtfully lit to enhance the paintings, which reflect the presence of overlying grids when the lights are turned off. Sound vibrations heighten visitors’ awareness of light, sound, rhythm, balance, color and harmony. The presence of these ineffable forces invites viewers to reflect, think, discover and feel.

“The exploration of both art and science comes from the same creative energy,” Otto said. “This installation shares that energy — through the colors, lights and sound vibrations — to help children of all ages encounter and understand art in a new way.”

Otto will be attending An Eventing of Art and Science.

“Silo of McKays” will be open to the public beginning Nov. 15 during regular hours. The Science Mill is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday.

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