This past weekend we were given the opportunity to combine some of our salvaged materials with our creative talents to design/build an entrance for Chef Frank Stitt at Billy Reid’s Shindig No. 7. We’ve worked with Billy in the past, creating backdrops for his run way shows during New York Fashion Week, but this special event also featured Chef Frank Stitt and Roy Milner from Blackberry Farm Brewery. Frank is a Cullman native and long time friend, so when we were asked to take on this project, we responded with a resounding yes!
Frank was the guest Chef for a private party that was held in downtown Florence as part of Billy Reid’s Shindig activities. The event was held in the back yard of the Kennedy Douglass Center for the Arts which faces Wilson Park. We were asked to create a visual screen that would provide some privacy, as well as, serve as an entrance to the ticketed event. Garlan came up with the idea of building a tunnel while SA team member Josh Howe found a picture that served as an inspiration for the design. While the project began with a definite vision, the structure really began to take shape as we were constructing it.
We began by building a frame. The idea was for the tunnel to wind around and exit into the event. From the entrance of the 14 foot tunnel, no one could see what was on the other side. As the grassy path wound around, it narrowed to a 3 foot exit. A wide variety of salvaged wood in various widths, lengths, and wood species was used, fashioning a whimsical design which visually produced captivating lines and texture. The roof spacing allowed light leaks into the tunnel from the sun as well as the night’s gorgeous full moon.
Garlan, Josh and our newest team member Jeremiah worked throughout the night constructing the tunnel. The end result was a work of art that garnered a lot of attention and generated much conversation throughout the weekend’s activities!
We would like to thank Designer Billy Reid, Chef Frank Stitt of Highlands Bar and Grill, and Brewer Roy Milner from Blackberry Farm Brewery for collaborating with Southern Accents for this prestigious event. After the hard work was done, we enjoyed a night of great food, great friends, and great music from the Alabama Shakes in one of our favorite Alabama spots!
The tunnel will remain at the Kennedy Douglass Center throughout the month of September for those who wish to visit!