Friday, 21 February 2020

Finishing Touches: How heritage listed Quorn Silo Light Show went from a blank canvas to a Gold Mega Mural

Flinders Ranges Council have worked tirelessly on a special project to bring light and projection art into the heart of Quorn township, nestled in the Flinders Ranges to the east of Port Augusta.

The town has long been known internationally for being the home of the Pichi Richi Railways, where steam and deisel trains maintained by volunteers, roll the line through the pcituresque Flinders Ranges.

The new vision brings illuminated, animated artwork, stories and icons of the region, into a bold nightly display that represents the culture, creativity and unique nature of the region.

The project commenced mid 2019, with various stages of surveys and site planning, heritage consulting, ingenious design and construction of a shed, designed to match the heritage precinct, to safely house the equipment. Epson high powered laser projector technology combined with sound, network, weatherproofing and security systems ensures that the installation operates reliably in the harsh summer temperatures of the Arid Lands.

Below are some photographs of the structure being completed, and the installation of the fabulous permanent projector and first checks and tests in the intense heat of February.

It was a huge thrill for Quorn residents and illuminart alike to see the Silo glowing from bottom to top and looking forward to completion of the animation through the following weeks.

The installation features stories of the area, images of the ranges, and an array of exhibitions featuring local artists.

The official launch date of April 2020 coincided with the regional tourism season.  This is a perfect time of the year to come and visit the Flinders Ranges and taste some of the delicious fare from the bush food capital of the world!

Update in January 2023:

Illuminart and the Flinders Ranges Council are thrilled to share the news that Quorn Silo Light Show has won Gold for the Best Mega Mural in Australia at the Australian Street Art Awards!  You can find out more about this and other awards here.

You can Track the trails to learn more about how illuminart work with communities to build creative capacity through collaborative stories in light that help people and places shine!

To discuss your vision with us get in touch here.