Ravensthorpe AMOK Island
It took 31 days, 338 litres of paint and countless trips up and down the silos in a knuckle boom for Fremantle-based, Dutch-born artist Amok Island to execute Six Stages of Banksia baxteri across three stout CBH Group silos, visible for miles around.
The landscape around Ravensthorpe comes alive every spring with thousands of species of wildflower bursting into colour, so Amok Island decided to focus on native Western Australian flora and fauna for his largest mural to date.
‘Each silo side shows a different stage of the flowering cycle of this species of Banksia: from flower buds, to full bloom, to seedpods developing, drying out and opening’, explains the artist.
The artwork encircles the three silos infinitely; the final silo marks the beginning once again of the first, making a connection with the cycle of the seasons and grain farming processes this area is known for. This species of banksia is only found between Esperance and Albany.
The animals in the artwork are this species’ main pollinators; the Honey Possum (Tarsipes rostratus) and New Holland Honey eater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae)
Photography by Bewley Shaylor, 2015 and film by Peacock Visuals, 2015