AgriBusiness October 2019

33 GLENCORE AGRICULTURE | AGRIBUSINESS MAGAZINE OCTOBER 2019 COMMUNITY Karoonda silo art, an Australian First T he Viterra Karoonda silo is the sixth silo in the Viterra network to be transformed with artwork, and was finished last month. Painted by artist Heesco, the Karoonda silos feature iconic local Mallee elements and characters from the town, such asWhisky the kelpie and Diamond the sheep. The Karoonda silo art project is unique as the painting is visible in daylight and in the evening, a permanent projection art show illuminates the site. District Council of Karoonda East Murray Mayor, Caroline Phillips, said the silo artwork has attracted many visitors, especially thanks to the projection display. “Locals and visitors have been astounded by the artwork,” Caroline said. “It has been a great attraction to our town and having both the painting and projections means visitors can enjoy the artwork during the day or night. “We are hopeful the projection display attracts visitors to stay overnight, creating revenue for the town’s economy. “Another benefit of the projection is that the artwork will change often, so that people visiting again will always have something new to see.” Illuminart’s Port to Port travelling light show I n August, Illuminart’s Travelling Light show travelled across South Australia, visiting over 17 locations along the coastline and projecting onto seven Viterra silos along the way after the local communities nominated the sites. Illuminart Artistic Director, Cindi Drennan, said the Travelling Light tour is the finale of a five-year long project called Port to Port which was made possible through funding by the Australia Council for the Arts. “The creative stories depicting South Australia’s heritage were all about appreciating the beautiful and interesting places they were showcased,” Cindi said. Viterra’s silos at Port Pirie, Booleroo Centre, Cowell, Elliston, Thevenard, Wallaroo and Quorn have all been projected on as part of the show. The free, midwinter show brought big crowds out to enjoy bright and creative entertainment, combining history and humour into a single event during South Australia’s Living Artists Festival. “These small communities would not usually get the opportunity to experience large scale architectural projection and would normally have to travel to the bigger cities to experience a similar show,” Cindi said. “By the end of the project the light show will have travelled over 2000km across South Australia and stopped at 17 towns.” “This is thanks to a specially equipped vehicle which we custom made for architectural projection and has meant we have been able to set up and deliver a show in one night and then move on to the next town.” The shows have been very popular, despite the cold time of year and have drawn crowds of both locals and tourists. Illuminart is an Australian arts company who specialise in projection art and storytelling. Silo art is a big passion for Illuminart, with past projects including the award winning projection onto the Port Lincoln silos in 2016 and the recent permanent projection system at Karoonda, a new feature of the Silo Art Trail.