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A silo for big ideas - WIP


Some big canvases in rural Western Australia. I'll post more images on completion.

One of Western Australia's premier grain growing regions has witnessed giant murals sprouting on the sides of grain silos as part of an international art collaboration.

Northam is a small country town about an hour's drive east of Perth, in WA's Wheatbelt, and an unlikely hub for an art explosion.

The state's grain handler, CBH, partnered with art and cultural organisation FORM to bring in international artists to paint eight grain silos in the area. The silos stand about 36 metres tall and each one has a diameter of about 11 metres.The size has not deterred US artist Alex Brewer, aka "Hense", or UK artist Phlegm. The pair have temporarily moved to Northam while they complete the project. Hense said it was probably the second-biggest piece he had done. His artwork involves big, bright, bold and playful areas of colour. "A lot of what inspires me is the context and the architecture and the setting," he said.

Originally FORM had wanted him to paint in Perth, but then the opportunity arose for him to work on the silos.
"That was way more inspiring to me than doing something in the city," he said. "Once I saw the structure it was really exciting as well, I've never done silos." Phlegm's work is inspired by hot air ballooning, something the Avon area is famous for. He uses a paintbrush on a pole to sketch the outline of a work, before going over it and colouring it in, then adding intricate detail at the end.

CBH manager of grower value Gavin Bignell said it had been an exciting time for employees at the silos, on the outskirts of Northam. "It's part of a wider community investment program we have at CBH, it's all about bringing experiences and opportunities to the Wheatbelt that otherwise mightn't be available to people in these communities," he said.

The art rage does not stop there with more pieces having been commissioned. Since the silo project was started, FORM has been inundated with more than 200 suggestions for other big public artworks throughout the Wheatbelt. Their long-term goal is to create an "art trail", where people from the city could take a day's drive to various towns in the Wheatbelt and see some internationally-renowned artists' works.

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  • That is really cool!
  • Carderites

    The 'agricultural mural' has quite a tradition here in Western Australia.

    "Dingo flour gnangarra" by Photographs by Licensed under CC BY 3.0 au via Wikimedia Commons -

    The Dingo Flour sign is a well-known landmark of a stylised silhouetted dingo in red on the side of an historic and heritage-listed working flour mill in North Fremantle, Perth, Western Australia.[1]

    The mill is in a complex known as the Great Southern Roller Flour Mills Limited. On the site (which dates from 1922) are silos, an office and laboratory and other buildings.

    The Heritage Council of Western Australia says: “…the place has a landmark quality with strong vertical proportions, height and massing of the mill and silo structures, the Dingo Flour brand image, and the Norfolk Island Pine; the place has been commonly referred to as ‘Dingo Flour Mill’ for many years, showing the impact of the symbol, and has developed its own set of myths, including that it was painted by Alan Bond, demonstrating that the ‘dingo’ contributes to the community’s sense of place…” [2] The mill was designed by architect J.F. Allen, of Allen and Nicholas, and the office building was designed by Powell, Cameron & Chisholm Architects. The sign and the rest of the site was heritage-listed in 2008.[3]

    The dingo logo was painted by artist Les Nash in 1940 for £40. It is about four storeys high. It was painted over during World War II, but its outlines were still faintly visible. Refugees and migrants coming to Fremantle saw the sign, and it remains a useful reference point for boaters and anglers. It was most recently re-painted in March 2001. In 2010 the flour mill was renovated, and the dingo now gets re-painted every month.

  • dencaldencal -
    edited March 2015

    At the risk of laboring the theme here is another example of ag art, this time in the service of road safety.

    PHOTO: The elephant will be moved around different towns in WA's Wheatbelt, in a bid to spark discussions about road safety. (Supplied: RAC) Royal Automobile Club.

    A life-sized elephant made from the parts of crashed cars has been erected as part of a campaign to get people talking about high road fatality rates in Western Australia's country areas.

    The brightly coloured sculpture, currently in a wheat field on the outskirts of the Wheatbelt town of Northam, is being moved around to different towns in the region by the RAC WA.

    The elephant has already turned heads in Merredin, Narrogin and is currently in Northam and will continue to make its way around the Wheatbelt.

    PHOTO: An elephant made out of crashed car parts is being toured around the Wheatbelt to remind people about the need for road safety. (Supplied: RAC)
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