Australian Silo Art Trail

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To find all the silo art around Australia, visit AustralianSiloArtTrail.com

The Australian Silo Art Trail is the work of one dedicated silo art trail enthusiast, with the help of one very loving husband who aids in driving her around the country to see, photograph and help document them all.

We are Eric and Annette Green and we started our ‘Great Australian Adventure’ back in March 2018 and headed out from Mandurah in Western Australia to see and visit as many towns as we could along the way.

Very early on in our trip, Eric took me to see my first painted silos in Ravensthorpe, Western Australia. This one experience was to change my life for ever. I was hooked!!! I took a million photos and could not wait to see my next set of painted silos.

But where were they all?

There was hardly any information about them on the internet and at that time.

It was a this stage I created the Australian Silo Art Trail Facebook page. Mainly so I could remember where they all were and so other Australians knew where they were as well.

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Tumby Bay is a coastal town situated on the Spencer Gulf, on the eastern coast of Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. It’s 45 km north of Port Lincoln and is also home to the Colour Tumby Street Art Festival.

At the entrance to Tumby Bay stands the very impressive ViterraTumby Bay Silo Art. Its actual location is the corner of Lincoln Highway and Bratten Road. At the site along Bratten Way, there is a great purpose built car park suitable for all types of cars and caravans as well.

The Tumby Bay silos were completed on April 13th, 2018 and were the third silos to be painted in South Australia. Overall, they are the 18th to be included in the Australian Silo Art Trail Collection.

Depicted on these silos is an interpretation of two boys jumping off the Tumby Bay Jetty. The inspiration for the silos comes from the artist Martin Ron and his assistant Matt Gorrick, who spent some time in the area before painting the silos. Saying the initial idea came from seeing people dive off the jetty into the ocean, even joining in the sport himself.

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The mural stretches over five and a half Silos, standing proudly at over 60m wide and 25m high, making it one of the biggest silo’s to date, and one of the biggest canvases in the world. An impressive 200L of Taubmans paint were used in the process, covering the overly-large surface area.

The 3-week transformation slowly but surely brought the oversized canvas to life, depicting a young local girl playing in the wheat field, overlooked by the magnificent purple sunset and endless wheat fields which blend into the real thing, creating a never-ending piece of art. These primary themes all being recommendations about what best reflects Kimba and the region after countless community engagements with the township.
Location: Railway Terrace, Kimba, SA
Artist: Cam Scale

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The award-winning ‘Creating Coonalpyn’ initiative was a joint project of the Coorong District Council with key partners Country Arts SA and Viterra. The initiative included the painting of Viterra’s 30 metre high and still operational grain silos and other works of art in the township of Coonalpyn.

The aim was simple: rural renewal through the arts.
It also included sponsorship from local businesses and individuals, which assisted in the incredible marketing campaign, helping to amass the attention of more than half a billion people online (globally) and earn a swag of State and National awards.

As you approach the Coonalpyn Silos via Dukes Highway the first thing you notice is their size. They are huge and very close to the road.

The murals depict a magnificent tribute to five Coonalpyn Primary School children, whose images will now live on in the history of the town forever. The lucky five were six-year-olds Kiarah Leske and Blake Thompson, five-year-olds Macey Jacobs and Reef Gregor and nine-year-old Ciara Johnson. The children are in various poses with two children looking to be actually drawing onto the face of two of the silos

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AMAZING work Heesco we can’t thank you enough for transforming the Karoonda Viterra Silos featuring iconic local Mallee elements as suggested by our community.
There are so many people to thank for helping make this massive project come to life for Karoonda.

This project was funded by the Federal Government’s Drought Communities Fund thanks to Tony Pasin MP. The District Council of Karoonda East Murray partnered with Illuminart and Juddy Roller to create the incredible day and night art on the Karoonda Silos. Viterra, who own the massive Karoonda Silos, have been extremely supportive throughout the entire project.

Thank you On-Site Group for providing hire of the massive Boom Lifts! Your prompt and regular customer service supporting Heesco with lift technicalities was fantastic.

Terrain Group Pty Ltd designed and supplied the shade shelters and seating in front of the silos. Karoonda’s local builder, Lucas Spog Neumann, installed the infrastructure in which one of the shelters has been custom designed to permanently house the new projector units used in the night time silo art display.

The Waikerie Silos were the fifth silos to be completed in South Australia and are the 25th to be included in the Australian Silo Art Trail Collection.

Titled ‘Healthy River Healthy Community’ the Waikerie Silos are the second in the Australian Silo Art Trail Collection to be painted on both sides, giving a land view and a river view as well.
Two exceptional world class artists were chosen for the project, Jimmy DVate from Melbourne and Garry Duncan from Kanmantoo.

Featuring on Jimmy’s silo is local native flora and fauna, including a giant Yabby and the endangered Regent Parrot. Jimmy has also included other endangered species like the Murray Hardyhead and the Spiny Daisy.
On Garry’s silo he has painted a giant, semi-abstract river landscape and has included many quirky, local, native river creatures, like assorted birds, frogs, fish and turtles. Garry has also featured the Rainmoth, which is where the town of Waikerie gets its name.

The name ‘Waikerie’ is said to mean ‘many wings’, after the giant swift moth ‘Wei kari’, the name given to the moth by the indigenous first peoples of the area.

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The small town of Wirrabara has painted itself onto the map with an amazing new silo artwork.

Painted on a 28-metre silo, the artwork was finished just yesterday by Australian artist Smug, aka Sam Bates, who spent three weeks in a boom lift to perfect his creation.

Known to elaborate his painting to the last detail, Smug paints pieces that express realistic images. Using natural colours, he captured the beauty of Wirrabara and the Australian country.

It was the first silo project for Smug, who was selected by the locals as the silo’s artist.

The project has seen the town added to the Silo Art Trail, and locals are hoping to attract plenty of visitors and boost the economy of the district.

So if you’re driving through make sure you go check out the mural and the gorgeous town of Wirrabara.

The Cowell silos were painted by Austin ‘! N I T S U A’ Moncrieff and were completed on the 18th of September 2019. ! N I T S U A was assisted by Micheal ‘Schmick’ Motteran-Smith who has also painted a stunning mural near the silo location too.

The star of the silos is local identity Lionel Deer and his camel Diamantina. Mr Deer is most known in the Cowell community for bringing his camels to the Cowell Christmas Pageant for over 30 years. Lionel stirs up a sense of nostalgia for many Cowell residents as he forms a rich part of Cowell’s history. He is also known as the kind of person who would give you the shirt off his back, if he ever wore one! He is a descendant of early settlers and from a large farming family. He spent many of his years working as a shearer, he is a three-time mail medallist and loves his football. A prankster at heart and a true larrikin. Mr Deer has and always will smile, wave and welcome anyone who passes him by.

The mural also features a Port Lincoln Parrot and a nearby farmhouse ruin.

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