THE first brushstrokes have been applied to four CBH grain silos in Merredin as part of cultural organisation FORM’s annual PUBLIC street art project.
From today, local artist Kyle Hughes-Odgers will spend the next four weeks creating a 35-metre-high mural that will showcase scenes of the region’s agricultural history, seasons, harvests and land formations, with the process to be documented through film.
Merredin is the third town to partake in the silo series, in partnership with Lotterywest, Western Power and CBH Group, adding to a trail of artwork splashed across the grain exporter’s silos in Northam and Ravensthorpe.
Form executive director Lynda Dorrington said the ‘PUBLIC Silo Trail’ aimed to enhance cultural tourism in regional Western Australia, build the reputation of participating towns and encourage opportunities for economic growth.
“This trail offers a new way of experiencing WA’s agricultural heartland,” she said.
“This project will connect a network of regional towns by a common thread of art on an epic scale, while a story gathering and social documentary project will celebrate the regional communities forming the backbone of our state.
“We want to cast a light on these beautiful, distinctive regions, reveal what they have to offer to the rest of the state and help us connect with what makes us Western Australians.”