Feature image by David Sickerdick Photography
Following eye-catching pieces at Wirrabira, Tumby Bay, and Coonalpyn, Waikerie has used its unique setting to showcase the artwork of two world class artists. Gary Duncan from South Australia and Jimmy Dvate from Melbourne took on the task of painting The Waikerie Silos and they have truly excelled.
Titled ‘Healthy River, Healthy Community’, The Waikerie Silos are the first in the Australian Silo Art Trail Collection to feature two artists and be painted on both sides, allowing viewers a land view as well as a river view.
Gary Duncan has been painting since the age of 16 and is known for his artwork across Australia, as well as in Asia, Europe and America. Duncan features a large, semi abstract river landscape, with local creatures included, such as birds, frogs, ducks and pelicans. Duncan has also highlighted a Rainmoth in his work, which is where the town of Waikerie gets its name.
He says the environment has always been of great concern to him, which is of no surprise considering its frequency in his work. Duncan also mentions the silos are a perfect canvas to educate the public about the need to care for the River Murray.
Jimmy Dvate, primarily known for his street art, has featured a majestic regent parrot, a yabby, and the endangered Murray Hardyhead.
This project is a partnership between between Nature Foundation SA and a small working group from the Waikerie Community. $15,000 was awarded to the project after Waikerie resident and author, Liz Frankel, applied for funding in 2017.
Liz says the silos are already attracting more tourists to Waikerie since completion in March.
If you’re driving through, be sure to stop by the Waikerie Silos and take a snap.
You can also check out our ultimate guide to Silo destinations for more of these spectacular artworks.