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Public Silo Trail: See the big picture

FORM’s PUBLIC Silo Trail is putting regional Western Australia up in lights, bringing world class murals to grain silos, transformer boxes and iconic infrastructure in unexpected towns right across the state.

About The Trail

Take art out of galleries. Daub it thrillingly high and deliciously differently. Make it far flung. Monumental. Visible from remote highways and over treetops. Emblazon it in unexpected places. On CBH Group grain silos. Farming infrastructure. Make it art that tells a story- about a people or a place. About the budding cycle of its wildflowers, the beautiful species of seadragon found only off the coast. Create a trail that invites people to explore Western Australia and you have the PUBLIC Silo Trail. A creative project transforming country infrastructure into sites of world class mural art. Over the past three years the PUBLIC Silo Trail project has created murals on grain silos in Northam, Ravensthorpe, Merredin, Albany, Newdegate and Pingrup, and on public walls and transformer boxes throughout Katanning.

Here are some of the best things we’ve found along the way.

 

Evoca1 for the PUBLIC Silo Trail, Pingrup, 2018. Photograph by Bewley Shaylor.

 

These towering agricultural landmarks, visible for miles around, are a source of pride for their host towns, and also a drawcard for road-trip adventurers. What better way to get off the beaten track and spend some time in some of Western Australia’s most welcoming and down-to-earth communities.

Completed in 2018, this permanent, open-air, truly PUBLIC ‘gallery’ links rural and coastal towns across Western Australia’s southern regions, a game changer for bringing renewed emphasis to the positive perceptions of the regions, their people and industries, and the unique canvas they provide.

PUBLIC’s visible legacy is spread across silos, street walls and on Western Power electrical transformer boxes from Northam to Albany. The invisible legacy – just as powerful – is the chance for the tight-knit communities of the Wheatbelt and the Great Southern to build a cultural tourism experience which captures the hearts and imaginations of every visitor to the regions; and which expresses the work ethic and resilience of the regions.

 

PUBLIC Silo Project Partners

Project initiated and delivered by FORM building a state of creativity Inc
in partnership with CBH Group

Major PUBLIC Silo Project Sponsors

Thank you to our photographer Bewley Shaylor and our
videographer Peacock Visuals  for documenting every step of the trail

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Northam
Northam Internationally renowned artists Hense (USA) and Phlegm (UK) transformed eight CBH Group grain silos into iconic works of art, dramatically responding to the unique landscape of the Wheatbelt town of Northam.
Merredin
Merredin Urban artist Kyle Hughes-Odgers created PUBLIC Silo Trail in Merredin’s 35-metre high grain silo in Western Australia’s Central Wheatbelt
Katanning
Katanning FORM commissioned local and international artists to paint a series Western Power owned transformer boxes in Katanning
Pingrup
Pingrup Dog on a tractor, jockey on a horse, lamb in a man’s arms. This captures Pingrup’s spirit in a nutshell – or rather, in murals on three 25m high silos Pingrup spirit in a nutshell – or rather, in street artist EVOCA1’s 25m high murals.
Newdegate
Newdegate Native Western Australian wildlife took centre stage in sky-high silo art with Newdegate becoming the fifth stop along the PUBLIC Silo Trail.
Ravensthorpe
Ravensthorpe Fremantle-based artist Amok Island created PUBLIC Art in Ravensthorpe’s Six Stages of Banksia baxteri, a 25 metre high wildflower inspired mural painted across three CBH Group silos in Ravensthorpe, Western Australia.
Albany
Albany The Ruby Seadragon and its Leafy Seadragon cousin, the 35 metre high and 50 metre wide mural now sits proudly across the giant silos at CBH Group’s Albany Grain Terminal.