About The PUBLIC Silo Trail
This August, PUBLIC is back! Over the next year, we’ll be creating a trail of national and international artworks on iconic infrastructure throughout Western Australia’s regional heartland. FORM has partnered with CBH Group, Western Power and Lotterywest, three organisations delivering fundamental services to Western Australians, to reveal through story gathering and art on an epic scale, the regional communities forming the backbone of our state. Why? Because we think Western Australia is a work of art and we want to offer you to a new way of experiencing it.
The PUBLIC Silo Trail is the evolution of FORM’s PUBLIC program of art and ideas. From early August it will begin joining the dots on our unfolding silo art network, which already includes Northam’s landmark murals by international artists HENSE and Phlegm and Perth-based Amok Island’s Six Stages of Banksia baxteri in Ravensthorpe. Using visual storytelling to ignite pride within locals, draw visitors to the regions and connect the wider state with its rural foundations, the trail offers a new way of experiencing Western Australia’s agricultural heartland. This cultural tourism trail will connect a network of regional towns by a common thread of art on an epic scale, while a social documentary project will catalogue the lives of regional Australians in film and story. We intend for this year-long project to help build the reputation of participating towns statewide, encourage opportunities for economic growth and highlight the contribution CBH Group and Western Power make to the lives of Western Australians.
PUBLIC Art in the Wheatbelt : In March 2015 as part of FORM’s PUBLIC festival of art and ideas, internationally renowned artists HENSE (USA) and Phlegm (UK) transformed eight CBH Group grain silos into iconic works of art dramatically responding to the unique landscape of the Wheatbelt town of Northam. The silos were painted each at a height of 35 metres (an area of roughly 5500 square feet) over 16 days and using around 740 litres of paint, creating Australia’s first silo mural and contrasting wildly with the regional environs of Northam, a sun baked heritage town with a population of 6, 580.
PUBLIC Art In Ravensthorpe : In August 2016 acclaimed Fremantle-based artist Amok Island created PUBLIC Art in Ravensthorpe’s Six Stages of Banksia baxteri, a 25 metre high wildflower inspired mural painted across three CBH Group silos in Ravensthorpe, Western Australia. The project, which entailed 31 days, 338 litres of paint and countless trips up and down the silos in a knuckle boom, is the second in a series of monumental mural artworks on grain silos delivered by FORM in partnership with CBH Group over the last 18 months. The first, in the Wheatbelt community of Northam in March 2015, was Australia’s first silo mural project.
Curious about what PUBLIC has been up to in the past? Check out FORM’s previous work: