The 12th of July 2022, is our six year anniversary of travelling Australia. We thought we would celebrate the milestone a little differently this year.
Instead of showing off the natural beauty of the landscapes, and the history of the areas, we will showcase the diversity of artworks that abound in the towns, cities and regional areas. There is so much to choose from, that we are going to do it in two posts. We hope you enjoy this artistic tour!
INSIDE AUSTRALIA, 2002 – 2003
“I wanted to try to find the human equivalent for this geological place. I think human memory is part of place, and place a dimension of memory.”
Sir Antony Gormley OBE RA. The artwork is a collection of 51 black steel sculptures standing over 10 square kilometres of the white salt plain of Lake Ballard. Each sculpture represents one of the 131 local residents, whose bodies were scanned for casts. The work was developed as part of celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the Perth International Arts Festival.
Silo / Water Tower / Street Art
Wirrabara, SA, silos were painted in late 2018 by Australian realist artist, Smug (Sam Bates). The mural depicts the town’s strong ties to the forestry industry as well as the local flora and fauna.
Waikerie, SA. Local artist, Garry Duncan and Melbourne artist, Jimmy DVate depicted their interpretation of the theme, Healthy River Healthy Community.
Kimba, SA. Australian mural artist Cam Scale transformed the silos with a mural of a child and sunset landscape.
Farrell Flat is the latest installation to join the South Australian silo art trail. It depicts the last train to pass through this historic township.
The Snowtown, SA, disused water tower near the town’s centre now depicts the bright faces of local volunteers and sports stars, including the games record holder of Blyth Snowtown Football Club, Simon McCormack.
One of the volunteers is local Country Fire Service volunteer of more than 25 years John Hansen. He features prominently on the tower and is the image that faces the road. The other face is Snowtown ambulance volunteer Jenny Cox.
Samson and Delilah & Sweet Country
These stunning portraits of indigenous actors Rowan McNamara and Marissa Gibson were painted by Lee (Linz) Harnden and Peter (CTO) Seaton. They can be found on the Alice Springs Cinema Complex wall.
The David Gulpilil mural is located on the side of Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute in Adelaide’s East End and celebrates the life and work of the Yolŋu actor, dancer, singer and painter.
Eudunda: The Storytime Silos’, is based on a story written by local author, Colin Thiele ‘The Sun on the Stubble’. The book tells a story about two children sharing stories about their past and culture that invokes playfulness, open-mindedness and joy that we see in children.
Guido Van Helton has painted across a vast surface of the Wellington Dam in Collie, Western Australia, making it the biggest dam mural in the world!
Stay tuned for part two!