Karoonda Silo Art
Karoonda East Murray SA
2020 Winner: Best of the Best
2020 Winner: Best Mega Mural
The Karoonda Viterra Silos uniquely feature Paint by day and Permanent Projection by night. It showcases two separate canvases for two different experiences!
By day, the 14-stack Viterra silo facility features a mural painted in 2019 by renowned silo and street artist Heesco for the District Council of Karoonda East Murray. The design is a tribute to Karoonda’s farming heritage with Merino sheep, a contended kelpie, surrounding landscapes and a historic steam train all taking their place.
From sunset to 9.00 pm daily the silos take on an enlightened approach to street art, with a permanent projection show of artistic beauty by established and emerging artists. The nightly shows are managed by Illuminart, an artistic collaboration that produces stunning illuminated productions, and change monthly.
Karoonda, 140 kilometres east of Adelaide and only less than a day’s drive from Melbourne, is an agricultural town that once thrived thanks to the railway. After years of drought and struggle, the District Council of Karoonda East Murray looked to street art as their saviour. The silo was the first in Australia to combine a mega mural with permanent projections, and remains the only one in the country.
The District Council of Karoonda East Murray operate a popular low-cost caravan park only a level one-kilometre walk to the silos. Pet-friendly and adjacent to the Town Oval, it boasts toilets, showers, powered and non-powered sites, and has plenty of space for the biggest of rigs.
The silos are not the only public art in Karoonda, with a Big Merino, a series of six sculptures called Karoonda Shuffle that showcase the rhythm of the grain crops grown in the district, as well as some artistic and touching memorials.
Where? Angle parking on Railway Terrace (the main road) is available for conventional vehicles, and RV can easily find parking in a side street opposite the silos. This is a working silo, so care and respect are required.
Best viewing times: The silos face north north west, so can be veiwed all year round.