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November 2020

Northam Silos


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On our trip home from Merredin via Northam we passed the last Silo for this trip.

In March 2015 artists : "HENSE " & "Phlegm" transformed 8 x 38 metre heigh silos over 16 days. This created Australia's first ever painted silo mural.

"Phelgm" drew his signature whimsical characters on the left.
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"HENSE" painted his silos simultaneously. Working across all 4 silos as 1, each design bleeds into the other.
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In total the artists used around 740 Litres of paint.

Here endith the WA Silo Art Trail.

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Merredin Silo's

Street Artist: Kylie Hughes-Odgers

This artwork concept tells a story about Merredin. It's natural environment in the colour palette, its diverse community in the abstract forms & figures, & its landforms & agricultural history in the symbols & representations. Creating the artwork was a labour of love, this was Kyle's biggest canvas yet, required him work in beating sun & slicing wind, 35 metres from the ground & around the clock.

Created : August 2017
Litres of paint used : 200
Surface area painted : 1540²
Days spent painting : 14
Silo Height : 35 metres
4 Silo's

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Sunrise shot.

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Afternoon shot.

We managed to catch up with Russell who is carting wheat at the Merredin CBH grain terminal in his new trucking business. We wish him every success for the future.
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Newdegate Silo's & surrounds


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June 2018 saw 'Brenton See' painting native Western Australian wildlife on the Silo's at Newdegate. Brenton had to conquer his fear of heights to paint the 20 Metre high murals.

The murals feature a shape resembling a drop of water, which is half-white & half teal, the white represents the salt lakes & the teal represents the freshwater lakes & the rain.In the background are coloured squares showing how the land appears from above, green for the bush land areas & brown, orange & red for the dirt & rocks.

A Mallee Fowl, which is another local bird of the area, is a symbolic depiction of the Region.

The Red-Tailed Phascogale, which is a rare marsupial found only in the Wheatbelt area and a Thigh Spotted Tree Frog.

Litres of paint used = 120
Surface Area Painted = 600M²
Days spent painting = 13
Silo Height = 20 M
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First we visited the Silos at Lake Grace as seen above. We then took a drive out to see a ghost town near Lake Biddy.
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Lots of desolation at the abandoned townsite.
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We visited the Newdegate cemetery and found a lovely chap sunning himself.
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A drive past the many salt lakes & beside the wheat fields, with a storm brewing.
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Went on an exploration south of Newdegate to find some gnamma holes. Permanent water holes the first Australians used. These were along the Holland track.
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On our walk around Lake Grace we noticed this delightful metal tree at the back of the St John ambulance building.
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Also a tile pathway leading up to the hospital and the old Inland Mission Hospital telling it's history & mosaic's children made now installed as a pathway around the hospital.
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Painted murals on the buildings in town, depicting local women who have influenced the region.
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In honour of Ian's birth year they brought water to Lake Grace in 1958.
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Back home for a cuppa & rest as a storm hit before our last night at Lake Grace.
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Pingrup


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After leaving Katanning to head to Lake Grace Caravan Park we passed through Pingrup. Pingrup is the home of a 25 metre high artwork painted by artist Evoca1 in September 2018, on giant grain storage Silos.

This artwork is a tribute to Western Australia's tenacious, resourceful farming communities.

It's figurative depictions of the towns iconic Pingrup Races, it's Merino sheep, it's people, cattle dogs & even a tractor based precisely on one found on the main street of town, all tell a story about the character of it's community.

230 Litres of paint were used.
Surface painted is 1500M2.
Days spent painting totalled 15.

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Katanning


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Although it is not a Silo town, Katanning is a town of murals.
In 2017 the Silo trail people/artists stopped in Katanning to transform Western Power electrical boxes & walls with murals.
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They even have artwork inside the shops...the icecreamery.
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In addition we couldn’t help but visit the old flour mill that has been transformed into a spectacular.ar Dome cafe, boutique hotel & intimate bar.
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We stayed a t the Katanning Caravan Park (Kui). We took a look at Lake Ewlyamartup, 17 km east of Katanning it has water most of the year & allows 24hr self contained camping. There are supposedly 95 species of birds of which we saw 2. It has a boat ramp & water skiing is allowed or you could kayak or swim in the lake. Toilets & bbqs are free to use.
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