Arrivals & Departures Joining the dots: Albany chosen as next stop on silo art trail

Photo of Angie Tomlinson

Albany's Grain Terminal Ports depot is the perfect water-side spot for the 35m-high artwork set to join the epic PUBLIC Silo Trail across regional Western Australia.

The silo artwork will be painted in March as not-for-profit arts organisation FORM brings its program of street art and stories to Albany.

Over the past three years, the PUBLIC Silo Trail has brought world-class murals to grain silos, public walls and transformer boxes in country towns across the state.

Central to the Albany project will be the artwork across the four west-facing silos at CBH Group’s depot, as well as a series of murals on Western Power transformer boxes throughout the town.

The PUBLIC Silo Trail has so far created artworks by local and international artists on public walls, grain silos and electrical transformer boxes in Northam, Ravensthorpe, Merredin and, most recently, Katanning. 

The sad news is the port is due for refurbishment work over the next five years. CBH Group general manager of grower and external relations Brianna Peake says this means the mural may not be up for as long as its other sites. "This is the pragmatic nature of using working infrastructure as an artist's canvas and what makes this partnership so exciting," she said.

Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington said the silos were the backdrop to a popular walking trail and, once painted, would enhance the city's appeal to visitors. 

As part of the trail, story gathering and social documentary project Homegrown Stories will collect the stories of Albany locals.

Artists for the project will be announced in February.

In another coup for Albany, FORM and the City of Albany will bring UK artist's Bruce Munro's acclaimed immersive installation Field of Light to the Avenue of Honour on Albany's Mt Clarence from October 2018 until April 2019.

Field of Light: Avenue of Honour will see 13,000 spheres light up the avenue in a tribute to the Anzacs who departed from the port city for World War One. 

The Field of Light in Albany will build on the success of the installation, which has appeared in cities including Edinburgh and Houston and at Uluru. 

Read more on Field of Light: Avenue of Honour HERE.

Pictured at top: Albany CBH Group Terminal Manager Claire Teale and Mayor Dennis Wellington at the CBH Group Albany Silos. Image by Lee Griffith, courtesy the City of Albany. 

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