Arrivals & Departures Street art comes to WA's silos with new country cultural trail

Photo of Angie Tomlinson

Get excited, Northam and Raventhorpe's dramatic silo artworks are about to get some friends. In fact, in a year you will be able to follow a whole trail of them through Western Australia’s agricultural heart.

FORM has announced that over the next year it will create a trail of national and international artworks on infrastructure throughout WA’s regional heartland. 

The cultural organisation has partnered with CBH Group and Western Power to create the PUBLIC Silo Trail.

The trail builds on FORM’s PUBLIC program, bringing world-class street art to agricultural infrastructure across the State. 

If the projects already completed are anything to go by, we will be in for something special.

In 2015 renowned artists Phlegm (UK) and Hense (USA) transformed eight CBH grain silos outside Northam into works of art, responding to the landscape and agricultural heritage of the Wheatbelt.

The silos were each painted at a height of 35m over 16 days using about 740L of paint.

See how Phlegm and Hense transformed eight CBH grain silos outside Northam. Duration: 2m 54s Film by Peacock Visuals for FORM

In Ravensthorpe, acclaimed Fremantle-based artist Amok Island painted Six Stages of Banksia baxteri across CBH’s silos. The 25m-high wildflower-inspired mural took 31 days and 338L of paint.

See how Amok Island created his work in Ravensthorpe. Duration: 00m 55s Film by Peacock Visuals for FORM

The trail will aim to enhance cultural tourism in regional WA, build the reputation of participating towns and encourage opportunities for economic growth.

As part of the trail, a story gathering and social documentary project will offer a new way of learning about the lives of the people behind the State’s agriculture, rail and electrical networks.

The where and who are yet to be revealed, but stay tuned, as we're told an announcement of the first site is imminent. FORM has also called on the public for ideas and to nominate a silo.

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