We all love a good road trip. Now you can cruise around South Australia and check out all the large format art that’s popped up over the years! We have recently updated this list to include some new additions, so there’s a lot to feast your eyes on for your next road trip.
So, to make things easier for you, here’s a list of where to find South Australia’s large format, regional art, and a map (at the bottom of the article) showing how to get there.
20km east of Clare and 22km southwest of Burra is a fantastic new Silo mural. Artists Jarrod and Matt spend a staggering 140 hours before lockdown painstakingly mapping out, drawing and painting this cheery steam train. The finished piece is 30 meters tall and took 150 litres of paint to finish.
In 2017, Brisbane artist Guido van Helten helped put the sleepy little town of Coonalpyn on the map by bringing a set of huge silos to life with his hard work. The portrayal of children represents the future of Coonalpyn. Standing at 30m high, this larger than life celebration of the youth and promise of children is worth stopping to admire.
Painted by ! N I T S U A & supported by Shmick, this new addition to the silo trail was finished in September 2019.
We’re sure the most recent addition to Tumby Bay’s art scene has not escaped your notice– and for good reason. Created by Martin Ron, an Argentinian street artist based in Buenos Aires, and South Australian painter Matt Gorrick, this piece celebrates the two best things about Tumby Bay: beaches and art! Why not stop by to enjoy the sunshine? And while you’re there, look up and wonder at these two boys falling into a world of fun.
Tumby Bay also boasts a bunch of other unique and colourful pieces of street art that, while not necessarily as big as the silo art, are definitely just as beautiful. Last week, the Colour Tumby Street Art Festival welcomed some of the world’s best street artists to liven up the township streets with art. So if you’re in Tumby Bay, take the time to take part in a street art crawl!
You can see pretty pieces done by our very own Lisa King, like this work-in-progress below:
And make sure you follow Colour Tumby Street Art Festival on Instagram to be updated whenever there’s a new, finished piece to feast your eyes on!
The Viterra silos at Kimba on the Eyre Peninsula used to be just another silo on the map, but they’ve been transformed with this stunning mural by Melbourne large-scale artist Cam Scale. This project took a little under a year from concept to completion and it’s easy to see the love and hard work that went into bringing it to life.
Vans the Omega is a talented, multidisciplinary artist who practices in mural art all around Adelaide– you’ve no doubt come across some of his colourful and quirky work already, but this one in particular caught the hearts and eyes of people all around South Australia. Collaborating with another local artist, Sam Brookes, the pair took on the mammoth task of painting a decommissioned water tower in Snowtown.
Stop by and pimp up your ‘gram by taking a sweet pic with these smiling faces!
And if you’re looking to extend your road trip a little, there’s also a Silo Art Trail you can follow across the border in Victoria. Here’s all the details on that one.
Kadina Water Tower
Located in Frances Street, adjacent to the former Railway Station. Viewing is also possible from the Copper Coast Highway running through Kadina. This beautiful artwork was created by Resio.
The Waikerie Silo Art Project is a partnership between Nature Foundation SA and a small working group from the Waikerie Community. The Waikerie Silo Mural Painting Project aims to reflect the theme “Healthy River, Healthy Community”. Adding amazing elements of vibrant colours to the Waikerie silo art, acclaimed Australian artist Garry Duncan is looking set to reflect the environment and community in his art work. There are many silos to see, so definitely add this one to your list during your next road trip.
Located in Port Augusta, the Joy Buluch AM Bridge Art was created by James Cochran, otherwise known as Jimmy C, for the Desert Fringe festival
The small town of Wirrabara has painted itself onto the map with an amazing new silo artwork. Painted on a 28-metre silo, the artwork was finished just yesterday by Australian artist Smug, aka Sam Bates, who spent three weeks in a boom lift to perfect his creation. Known to elaborate his painting to the last detail, Smug paints pieces that express realistic images. Using natural colours, he captured the beauty of Wirrabara and the Australian country. Read more on the silo here.
These newly painted silos in the Riverland are getting a lot of attention, and we can see why! Renowned artist, Jack Fran, with a wealth of creative experience, was entrusted to bring the vision, ‘The River at Renmark’ to life.
Local characters were selected to feature as the base silhouettes with the story of our district told through the images within the profiles, including Possum, and his mythological connection with the Murray, a Houseboat, the historic Paddle Steamer Industry, a Dinghy, the magnificent river cliffs plus the iconic Paringa Bridge and a Murray Cod.
This beautiful piece of art was created by duo Robert Hannaford and Cam Scale. You can find it on Railway Terrace, Owen, South Australia.
Amazing artist Heesco transformed the Karoonda Viterra Silos featuring iconic local Mallee elements as suggested by their community.
Know of any other artworks we should add to this list? Contact us here.
And if you’re taking the road trip, you’ll need this map which shows you were all the SA artworks are located…