The Australian Silo Art Trail collection stretches from Western Australia, through South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales and ends in Queensland. Since 2015 there are 25 silo’s that have been painted by urban artists, creating Australia’s biggest outdoor gallery. The Australian Silo Art Trail have increased tourism to towns off the beaten track, passing through small working farms and local communities.
We started our blog series with The Wimmera-Mallee Silo Art Trail, an incredible drive through the Wimmera and Mallee Regions of Victoria. Now we go to the South Australia Silo Art Trail, where the trail starts in Coonalpyn, Kimba, Tumby Bay, Wirrabara all the way to Waikerie, with the twenty-fifth silo to be painted in Australia.
The South Australia Silo Art Trail begins with the fully operable silos in Coonalpyn. Brisbane artist Guido Van Helten spent a week speaking with the small local community and decided to paint five children who attended the local primary school. Guido’s silos represented the future of the town, and he hoped the giant artwork would inspire the children in some creative way. The children chosen were six-year-olds Kiarah Leske and Blake Thompson, five-year-olds Macey Jacobs and Reef Gregor and nine-year-old Ciara Johnson.
The South Australia Silo Art Trail then takes you to Kimba, where Melbourne artist Cam Scale painted a young child in a wheat field at sunset on the Vitera grain silos. Kimba is a small wheat farming town in South Australia and is also the ‘Halfway Across Australia’ mark. The Kimba Silos also light up a night making this huge silo art very special.
The South Australia Silo Art Trail then takes you to Tumby Bay, where the huge silos were painted by Argentinean artist Martin Ron. Martin spent over a week in Tumby Bay touring the town, where he soon figured out the locals favourite pastime … jumping off the jetty! There is also a photograph by Robert Lang, captured in 2014 of two boys jetty jumping and it is from these two things that Martin’s inspiration for the silos was conceived. This particular silo was harder to complete than others as it runs horizontal, rather than vertical.
The South Australia Silo Art Trail then takes you to the Wirrabara silo, where Australian artist Smug One painted Tumby Bay resident Dion Lebrun. The rest of the mural shows the area’s natural beauty, forrest industry and two magnificent robins on Dion’s shoulder.
Last on the South Australia Silo Art Trail are the Waikerie Silos, that were painted by two artists, Jimmy D’Vate and Garry Duncan. These are D’Vate’s third Silos to be painted, having already completed two in Victoria. D’Vate paints his pet Yabby named “Nippy”, and a little fish called the Murray Hardyhead, both species are listed as vulnerable. On the other side of the silo is a Regent Parrot. Their population had dwindled to as low as 500 in recent years in the Mallee regions of eastern Australia and are endangered, while the western population is thought to be increasing.
Garry Duncan’s very colourful Silo depicts a true Murray River Scene. Featuring pelicans, cockies, fish and frogs,
Don’t forget to check back at graffitistreet.com/news for more great silo art in the The Australian Silo Art Trail series.
Photo Credit: Street art enthusiast Annette Green, of Great Australian Adventure. You can connect with Annette Green’s sharing platform Australian silo Art Trail where Annette has collected all of Australia’s wonderful silo art in one place.
“The Australian Silo Art Trail is a platform developed by a dedicated enthusiast in 2018, that brings together all the silos across Australia in one place. The Australian Silo Art Trail acknowledges the project creators and artists of each artwork, in each state, these include Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.”