Commissioned by cultural organisation FORM for CBH Group; PUBLIC Art in Ravensthorpe’s Six Stages of Banksia baxteri is a 25 -metre high wildflower inspired mural across three grain silos in Ravensthorpe, Western Australia by Fremantle- based artist Amok Island.

Six Stages of Banksia baxteri, Amok Island, mural on CBH Group grain silos for PUBLIC Art in Ravensthorpe, 2016 (in-progress). Photograph by Bewley Shaylor, c/o FORM.

Six Stages of Banksia baxteri, Amok Island, mural on CBH Group grain silos for PUBLIC Art in Ravensthorpe, 2016 (in-progress). Photograph by Bewley Shaylor, c/o FORM.

Each side of the three silos shows a different stage in the flowering cycle of this species of Banksia, which is only found between Esperance and Albany. From flower buds to full bloom to seedpods developing, drying out and opening. The animals are this species’ main pollinators; the Honey Possum and New Holland Honeyeater.

 

Six Stages of Banksia baxteri, Amok Island, mural on CBH Group grain silos for PUBLIC Art in Ravensthorpe, 2016 (detail). Photograph by Bewley Shaylor, c/o FORM.

Six Stages of Banksia baxteri, Amok Island, mural on CBH Group grain silos for PUBLIC Art in Ravensthorpe, 2016 (detail). Photograph by Bewley Shaylor, c/o FORM.

 

The artwork encircles the three silos infinitely, with the final silo marking the beginning once again of the first, making a connection with the cycle of the seasons and grain farming processes this area is known for.

Six Stages of Banksia baxteri, Amok Island, mural on CBH Group grain silos for PUBLIC Art in Ravensthorpe, 2016. Photograph by Bewley Shaylor, c/o FORM.

Six Stages of Banksia baxteri, Amok Island, mural on CBH Group grain silos for PUBLIC Art in Ravensthorpe, 2016. Photograph by Bewley Shaylor, c/o FORM.

This film, shot for FORM by Peacock Visuals in August and September 2016, documents Amok Island’s 31 days painting and finished mural.

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