At the start of last year when we were on the Follow the Sun Relay we found ourselves on part of the Silo Art Trail. Since then, we have been able to see some more of these amazing pieces of art. Following the Silo Art Trail has become something of a national obsession and we can certainly see why. And it’s not just limited to silos either. Incredible pieces of artwork are popping up on walls and water towers right across the country. So here is another post on where to find silo art in Australia and also water tower murals. These are the latest lot of silos and murals we have encountered since leaving the Gold Coast.
Our first glimpse of the recently finished silos at Yelarbon was in the middle of 2019. In fact on the day we were there, they were still being completed. The artwork, called ‘When the Rain Comes’ was completed by members of the art group, The Brightsiders.
The Yelarbon Lagoon was used as inspiration for the project. Artists Jordache Castillejos, Jordan Bruce and Steven Falco used 800 litres of paint and 400 spray cans to create the work.
At this time, only four of the eight silos have been painted but Goondiwindi Regional Council has secured funds to complete the project in the near future.
Another recent addition to the world of Silo Art is this spectacular piece at Grenfell in Central West NSW. Local grain trading business Grenfell Commodities commissioned Melbourne artist Heesco Khosnaran to complete the work.
The artwork is based on photographs taken by local photographers Denise Yates and Jenn Graham. They also feature the local Weddin Mountains and the rural landscape of the area. They truly are a stunning addition to this lovely small town.
Narrandera, a small town on the edge of the Riverina region of NSW has some recent additions to it’s water towers. High on the hill overlooking the town, the local water reservoir is now adorned with a mural. The most prominent being a koala and a bearded dragon, with the rest of the artwork depicting the history of the area.
The Rosebery Silos were completed in late 2017 by Melbourne artist Kaff-eine. After spending time in the Mallee region, Kaff-eine used what she saw in the local area as her inspiration. Her artwork depicts a young woman farmer who she sees as the future of farming. Alongside her is an older man and his horse and the bond between the two is un-mistakeable.
Just a few kilometres down the road is the small village of Beulah and here you will find another of Kaff-eine’s artworks. This time it is a mural, again depicting horses, which are frequently depicted in her work.
The silos at Brim are another stunning piece from Guido van Helten. Brim was the first piece of silo art to appear in Victoria. The detail in this artwork is just incredible and no photo can really do them justice. The artwork depicts three males and one female of different ages and reflect the strength and resilience of the local farming community.
SHEEP HILLS, VICTORIA
This spectacular artwork by Melbourne artist Adnate is one that absolutely has to be seen in person. No photos I had seen prepared me for the depth of expression and colour in this huge piece of art.
Featuring two local Indigenous elders and two young children, the work celebrates the richness of the area’s Indigenous culture. The mural was completed in December, 2016.
Rupanyup is our final piece of silo art for now. Unlike many of the other silos, these are located right in town and are much smaller in size. They are also painted in black and white. Completed by Russian street artist Julia Volchkova, they depict two local youths both playing sport. Both pieces capture the strength and determination of these young sports stars.
Whilst in Rupanyup I recommend you also check out the carved wooden sculptures located in the nature strip area that runs through the centre of town.
We are looking forward to finding more silo art and murals as we continue our travels. There is so many more sites that we haven’t seen yet. We love exploring all the little towns and villages that most of these silos are located in. Many of these small towns need our support now more than ever. So, as you pass through these little towns, stop and spend a few dollars whenever you can.