The once-used 100-foot tall grain silos that have loomed over Rockland's South End waterfront for the past 54 years could soon become an outdoor art gallery.

That is, if the idea of one local man comes to fruition.

Isaac Remsen, an artist, said that since the COVID-19 pandemic struck, opportunities to have art work displayed in galleries has become non-existent.

He said he is looking for places in the region to project his work on outdoor structures. One place that has him interested is the pair of former grain silos.

He said he would be contacting the owner to see if he would be allowed to display his work there.

The grain silos are owned by the Passamaquoddy Tribe and Passamaquoddy Wild Blueberry Co. of Columbia Falls.

The silos were built in 1966 as part of a much larger planned economic development project to revitalize the South End waterfront, according to author John Bird's history book "Rockland, Maine: Rise and Renewal."

The developer and investors had hoped to provide grain for the region's poultry farms and attract a Canadian ferry to make regular stops in Rockland. The silos were built in 1966 but received only one shipload of grain.

Railroads lowered their shipping rates for grain, which undercut the Rockland plan, according to Bird. The government of Nova Scotia selected Bar Harbor for the ferry terminal.

Since then, the silos have been unused.

The Passamaquody Tribe purchased the property in the early 1980s.

In September 2005, representatives of the Tribe met with the Rockland City Council to discuss a plan to create a cultural center, retail store and luxury condominiums on the waterfront. The cement silos were to be used as residences. In November of that year, the City Council approved a zone change to allow residences in the waterfront zone.

Tribal officials and representatives of Jesse Wheeler LLC, the property developer, said the zone change was the first step in a long building process. The pair envisioned 15 condominiums and a cultural center, retail store and café inside the two cement silos.

Lawyers for Dragon Products, the silos' neighbor to the north, and Rockland Marine Corp., the neighbor to the south, asked the Council to deny the zone change and avoid injecting a residential development amid industry.

Architectural plans were developed but the project never gained traction.