When we were given the itinerary for our leg of the Follow the Sun Relay, I realised that we would be able to take a little detour and visit a couple of Silo Art sites. What I didn’t realise is that we would find more without even trying. It seems in recent years that Silo Art is starting to pop up all over the place. The scale of these pieces of art just has to be seen to be believed. No photo can truly do them justice. Exploring the Silo Art Trail is something you must do for yourself.
We only got to see a small portion of these wonderful artworks on this trip, but I’m so glad we got to experience them and we can’t wait to see more.
WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
The first Silo Art was a Community Project in the small town of Brim, Victoria. The four murals were painted by artist Guido van Helten and were completed in 2016. From there the idea of the Silo Art Trail was formed and now it seems that Silo Art is popping up everywhere.
These tiny towns, that previously would never have attracted visitors, now have hundreds of people coming to their towns just to see these impressive artworks.
WAIKERIE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
This was the first piece of Silo Art we came across and it was quite by accident. We didn’t know it was there! We had stopped in the small town of Waikerie, South Australia, on the banks of the Murray River to have some lunch. Waikerie is located about 80 kilometres west of Renmark. As we started to head out of town we spotted a huge yabby painted on the side of a large white silo. We pulled over straight away so as we could admire it further. On the silo next to it there is an abstract mural as well.
We then spotted a Visitors Book hanging on the fence and pulled it out to sign it. Written on the first page of the book was a note saying ‘Drive Round the Back for the Parrot’. Curious we headed around the back and couldn’t believe our eyes. This huge, colourful Superb Parrot greeted us. The detail in this piece of art was so good. Even his eyes glistened with a reflection.
Both the Yabby and the Parrot are works by artist Jimmy Dvate. This guy has some serious talent.
Patchewollock is just a tiny speck on the map, but it is now known to thousands of people who visit just to see it’s impressive silo art. The Patche mural is by artist Fintan Magee. The mural is of local sheep and grain farmer Nick “Noodle” Hulland. The artist met him whilst staying at the local pub before he started work on the mural and knew straight away that he wanted to paint him.
The mural depicts Nick standing with a branch out of a gumtree and staring off into the distance. Dressed in a blue flanno shirt, he eptimises the Aussie farmer.
Also in Patchy (as the locals call it) are two giant Mallee fowl sculptures. Made of roofing iron they are quite a sight as well.
Across the road from the silo’s is a great little shop where you can grab some snacks and also the local pub. Patchewollock also holds a huge music festival in October each year which attracts up to 5000 people.
Just 50 kilometres south east of Patchewollock is the equally tiny village of Lascelles. The silo art here was completely different to what we had seen before. The artist, Rone, used the silo’s raw concrete colouring to create his artwork of local farmers, Geoff and Merrilyn Horman. The effect is stunning and they are truly unique pieces of artwork.
Lascelles it self is a great little village. It has a small caravan park, with toilets, a shower and a small laundry. At the front of the park is a great BBQ area and a kids playground. Across the road is the local pub which is also a cafe and a shop. It’s the perfect spot to stay after visiting the silos.
Our final piece of silo art for this trip arrived as unexpectedly as our discovery in Waikerie. As we were driving into the small town of Rochester I said to Brenden, ‘I think there is Silo Art here’ at the exact same time that he spotted it. There are two art works here and again they are by Jimmy Dvate. This guy is just so incredibly talented.
If I was asked to pick a favourite I think I would have to say that his Squirrel Glider and Kingfisher are the best I’ve ever seen. The detail in the Glider and the vivid colours in the Kingfisher are just breathtaking.
Rochester is a great little town to visit. There is plenty of parking in front of the murals and from there it is a very short stroll to the main street where you will find a couple of pubs, a cafe and a supermarket.
Rochester also holds an annual Mural Contest. The entries from the current year and some from the previous years are on display in the local park and are well worth checking out. I liked the winning entry from 2018.
Have you been following the Silo Art Trail too? You never know what else you will find in these great little towns.