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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.

Katanning Murals

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Ziagul
Sultani

My name is Ziagul Sultani. I’m known as Zee. I live in Katanning but I am originally from Afghanistan. We came because of the war. Afghanistan is not a place for girls to grow up and be free. It gives me goosebumps to think about what life would have been like if I wasn’t here. For my father to bring us here, honestly, it’s a gift that I can’t pay back. Not everyone has the opportunity to do that for their children.

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Hamish Thompson

I like knowing that I produce things that go and feed the world. It’s pretty rewarding. But it’s pretty tough too because you’re working with old girl
up there, Mother Nature. If she doesn’t look after you, that’s pretty tough. But it makes you more resilient.

Robert Godfrey

I learned everything I possibly could and I got involved in everything that I possibly could. It just opened my eyes up.

Zee Sultani

It’s that feeling of being home, you feel you belong here and you have identity. People know me as my name, as Zee – not as a Muslim girl or a refugee girl – so that is always good because you feel like you’re not different.

Mohammad Aeson

I think it was the highlight of all our lives, being backup singers for Cat Stevens at the Royal Albert Hall.

Peter Kerin

We didn’t think either of our sons were coming home to the farm. Then one of them came home over Christmas and he hopped up on the header and he said ‘I’ve made my decision. I’m going to come home.’ And the next day the other son said exactly the same. They hadn’t spoken to each other about it, they both just made exactly the same  decision to come home.

Gerry Watson

Katanning, as you know, is a very multicultural town. That started many years ago with the early migrants who have made a big impact and continue to do so today.

Alep Mydie

There are twenty-five nationalities living here and there is no discrimination. There are no other words I can use to describe Katanning.

Gerry Watson

My names is Geraldine Watson but I prefer to be called Gerry. It sounds a bit friendlier. I’ve been in Katanning for the last 53 years. It’s my home but I came from Perth, teaching. I was appointed Deputy Principal of the Primary School. In those days you didn’t get a choice, you went where you were sent. I was about 25 when I came here. It was fairly daunting because it was the first time I was in position as a deputy and the school was quite a big school. There were about 800 students at that stage. It was the only government Primary School here. There was a young staff and we all got on very well and made good friendships that have lasted many years. My husband worked in retail menswear. I met him soon after arriving in Katanning.

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Hamish Thompson

I like knowing that I produce things that go and feed the world. It’s pretty rewarding. But it’s pretty tough too because you’re working with old girl up there, mother nature. If she doesn’t look after you, that’s pretty tough. but it makes you more resilient. as long as you’re talking with your mates you keep going I suppose.

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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.