Coonalpyn Silo Mural – Hope for the Future

The Coonalpyn Silo Mural by Brisbane based, international street artist Guido van Helten features local school children from the small country town of Coonalpyn on the Dukes Highway in South Australia. The five kids were aged from 5 to 9 at the time the project was completed  – in order of appearance on the silo, left to right: Ciara 9, Blake 6, Reef 5, Kiarah 6 and Macey 5.

Coonalpyn Silo Mural
My Nephew Nate taking in the Coonalpyn Silo Mural on a scorching 47C day – the shade from the silo was welcome! January 2018
Coonalpyn Silo Mural South Australia
The kids of the Coonalpyn Silo Mural

The theme of the mural is ” Hope for the Future ” – Coonalpyn was hit hard by the lengthy drought that gripped Australia and the Global Financial Crisis of 2007/8. Many business and people left the town, a community based regional art recovery plan was kicked off with the creation of “Creating Coonalpyn“.

Coonalpyn Silo Mural South Australia
The centrepiece of “Creating Coonalpyn” is the Coonalpyn Silo Mural
Coonalpyn Silo Mural South Australia
There is nothing painted on the rear of the silo
Coonalpyn Silo Mural South Australia
Wander around to take in the different views and aspects of the silo
Coonalpyn Silo Mural South Australia
The kids are gigantic! They must get a real kick out of seeing themselves up there on that huge silo canvas!

The silo mural is part of the plan to reinvigorate town spaces with art that illustrates the stories, history and fabric of the town. 200 cans of spray paint, plus acrylic paint applied by brush and airbrush were required to complete the 30 metre high mural over a 6 week period from February to March 2017!

Coonalpyn Silo Mural South Australia
The 30 metre high Coonalpyn Silo Mural
Coonalpyn Silo Mural South Australia
Another great silo art project
Coonalpyn Silo Mural South Australia
I cannot get enough of seeing silo art!

If you are travelling along the Dukes Highway then you just have to make this stop – there is a good café just across the road too. Then head on over to Victoria and check out the Wimmera-Mallee Silo Art Trail including the other silo project by Guido van Helten in Brim.

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