Albany: Stories From the Silo Towns - PUBLIC Silo Trail
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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.

Albany Yok and Sheryo

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Feature Story

Jan
Hood

My first impression when we arrived was what a huge sky, with the beautiful Stirling Ranges silhouetted against the skyline and large areas of  scrubland. There was nothing there; no fences, you had to clean the scrub, get the land cleared and start farming. So that’s what we did.

Peter Westerberg

I classify myself as quite a conservationist, which might sound a bit odd, being a commercial fisherman, but what’s the point in me going out there  and just catching everything I can, and next year I’ve got nothing?

Katie McAllister

Coming back here, and doing the work I am doing, gives me an opportunity to unpack the place that I grew up in, in a way that I don’t think I would have the opportunity to do anywhere else. It’s not an opportunity you get often, to come back to the place that you grew up in and to see it in different ways.

Aaron Bailey

I definitely feel a really strong connection to the land. I think since I’ve been living down this way, I’ve learned a lot more around traditional culture and have realised how much I didn’t really know about where I grew up.

Vernice Gillies

My favourite story about this town is the story of Dog Rock, We had a discussion around whether it was appropriate for Dog Rock to have that collar, or should we put a proper collar in the Aboriginal colours around its neck?

Jon Doust

I don’t know of another large place – not in the West, anyway – that has what Albany has. It has a cultural core, many cultural cores. It has landscape, it has spectacular coastline, it has constantly changing weather and every day is different.

Geoff McNeil

Its a bit frightening when the Patriots roll in to the RSL on their big bikes with their leathers on, and the ladies go ‘Oh, Geoff – what’s going on?’ And then they go and sit with these old ladiesand they’re no different.

Dianne Wolfer

My favourite story about town has to be the Lighthouse Keeper’s story; about Fay waving goodbye to the troops. She would’ve been the last person those thousands and thousands of soldiers sailing away saw; and many of them didn’t come home. I just love the idea of that girl, that young woman, out on Breaksea Island, waving to the troops as they left.

Kurt Weinert

To me, it’s the scenic beauty of the town, the access to the water. You can do watersports and fishing. You can travel out a little bit and still find
beaches where you could be the only one on the whole beach.

Peter Watson

I thought if I’m going to live here for the rest of my life, I want to do something for the town. I want to help people, and the main thing in this job is listening to people.

Public Silo Trail. See the big picture Close
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.