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Large scale silo artwork transforms regional communities

30 April 2020

Viterra silos through regional South Australia have been decorated with artwork transforming sites into large scale pieces of artwork and adding colour to their local towns.

Viterra supports the local communities where it operates with the majority of its employees living and working in regional South Australia, and one example of this is through silo art.

A number of Viterra’s silos have been decorated with large scale artwork since 2017, the most recent of which was Cowell on the Eyre Peninsula which features local Lionel Deer and his camel, along with the Port Lincoln parrot and a nearby farmhouse ruin.

Also on the Eyre Peninsula is the Tumby Bay silo art project featuring two children jetty jumping painted by artist Martin Ron in 2018. The project won the People’s Choice award for that year and artist, Martin then went on to paint a mural of a Tumby Bay local for the soccer world cup in Russia.

The Kimba silos are adorned with a sunset landscape and a child as part of the Igniting Kimba Arts Program, painted by Australian mural artist Cam Scale.

In the upper north, the Wirrabara silos depicts the town’s strong historical ties to the forestry industry, and its flora and fauna.

Further east, the Waikerie silos were painted by two different artists to a theme of Healthy River Healthy Community which shows wildlife and a river landscape. Upon completion of the project, Viterra gifted the site to the local council to enable further development of the site as a precinct for the community to enjoy.

In the south east, Coonalpyn was the first of Viterra’s silos to be made over, and shows five Coonalpyn Primary School children in black and white to represent the town’s future.

In the first of its kind, the Karoonda silos have a painted mural visible during the day and a permanent light projection to display at night. The painted artwork features town locals; Whiskey the Kelpie and Diamond the sheep.

Viterra works closely with local council and the community throughout each project to ensure the final product delivers a piece of artwork that meets the expectations of the community.

Each project has its own uniqueness with murals painted to depict different themes that represent the local community and serve as a long term feature for the town in years to come.