FORM, an independent and non-profit arts organisation, started a project in 2015 called PUBLIC which brings world-renowned artists to Western Australia to transform a trail of massive CBH Group grain silos into works of art.

 

There are three ClusterTrails that make up the Public Silo Trail- The Golden Edge Trail (Northam and Merredin), the Central Heart Trail (Katanning, Newdegate and Pingrup) and the Wave to Wave Trail (Newdegate, Wave Rock, Ravensthorpe and Albany).

 

Here we give you a look at the stunning and amazing towering agricultural landmarks that have linked rural and coastal towns across Western Australia and have put these country towns on the cultural map. 

 

1. NORTHAM

 

Northam Silo Art

 

The trail starts in Northam which lies at the heart of Perth’s picturesque Avon Valley.  Completed in March 2015, the Northam Silo Art is the first silo to be painted in Australia. They were painted by two artists- Phlegm from London and HENSE from the USA. Inspired by Northam's rich history in aviation, Phlegm painted his signature whimsical characters in fantastical transportation devices. HENSE on the other hand, created an abstract kaleidoscope of rich vibrant colours for his silos. 

 

2. MERREDIN

  Merredin

 

Less than 2 hours from Northam is the stunning 35-metre high Merredin Silo Art painted by Western Australian artist Kyle Hughes-Odgers. It portrays the agricultural community in the form of abstract forms and figures. It took 200 litres of paint, 80 rollers, 10 brushes and 14 days to finish the carefully-researched artwork concept. 

 

3. KATANNING

  Katanning

 

The third on the PUBLIC Silo Trail and the first on the Central Heart Trail is the small country town of Katanning. In November 2017, Western Australian artists Mel McVee, Brenton See, Chris Nixon and Darren Hutchens, plus Karim Jabbari from Tunisia descended on the Wheatbelt town of Katanning with a mission to transform Western Power electrical transformer boxes at the four Katanning schools and paint large scale murals on walls throughout town.

 

4. PINGRUP

 

Pingrup Silo Art

 

The fourth on the trail and the last to be painted is the stunning Pingrup silo art. Painted by Evoca1, a Dominican-born muralist, it took 15 days and 230 litres of paint to create the mural, which entailed a series of artworks on three individual silos, each 25 metres high and 15 metres wide. The silos feature a jockey, a farmer with lambs and a kelpie on a tractor. 

 

5. NEWDEGATE

 

Newdegate Silo Art

 

From Katanning, head west towards the salmon gums and salt lakes of the self-sufficient farming community of Newdegate. Known as the Salt Lake and Wildflower Country as well as Wheat and Barley Country, Newdegate Silo Art was inspired by the flora and fauna of the area. The stunning four silos were painted by Perth artist, Brenton See. It features 3 local residents in the town- the Western Bearded Dragon, Red-tailed phascogale (a rare marsupial found only in the Wheatbelt) and the Malleefowl, the bird symbol of the Wheatbelt. The last silo depicts the region's lakes, salt lakes and freshwater lakes. 

 

6. RAVENSTHORPE

 

Ravensthorpe Silo Art

 

The next of the trail and 133 kilometres from Newdegate is the stunning Ravensthorpe Silo Art which was painted by Fremantle artist named Amok Island. It depicts the six stages of banksia, with its species found only between Esperance and Albany. He was inspired by the landscape around Ravensthorpe every spring when thousands of wildflowers burst into colour. 

 

7. ALBANY

 

Albany Silo Art

 

 

Two hundred ninety-five kilometres or three hours and fifteen-minute drive from Ravensthorpe is Albany, WA's southernmost port city. Take the open road to the wild south coast as you drive along the great distance to Albany. The artists and dynamic duo The Yok & Sheryo took on the massive CBH Group grain silos and referenced Albany’s pristine environment and sea-life with a very rare and a very happy-looking marine creature, the ruby sea dragon. At the city centre, there are also a variety of murals by local and international artists.