Quirindi Silo Art
Station Street, Quirindi NSW 2343
Launched 27th January 2023, plays twice every night, countdown from sunset
Quirindi presents a stunning giant artwork enhanced by animation in the centre of town! Quirindi Silo Art is Australia’s first large scale silo mural with a fully integrated projection mapped animation (where mural and projection are overlaid).
Enjoy the glorious painting during the day and stay overnight to enjoy the evening animations with the friendly community.
Months of development, curation and crafting have resulted in a unique representation of the Liverpool Plains, rolling hills, showy crops on fertile soils, Kamilaroi heritage and a light show to bring the silos to life in the evenings courtesy of team illuminart! The cultural stories have been shared with permission of traditional owner Gamilaroi and Ngunnawal man Jason Allan and they are enriching stories from the cultural lore of the Liverpool Plains Gamilaroi poeople. These cultural stories are woven into the visual symbols of the mural and are also developed as animations in the light show. Find the clues to the stories in the mural and enjoy the tales of unique Australian creatures like the swift footed Yiluwindi Blue Bandar.
The show plays from 7pm every night until Daylight Saving starts when the time is adjusted to 8.30pm.
From the 25th of November Quirindi Silo Art presents a special Christmas Sound and Light Spectacular with community contributions, a singalong and a wonderful retelling of a famous Christmas classic ‘A Night before Christmas’, with thanks to Rockhampton College Cathedral. Find out all about that program in the Christmas blog.
On the 26th of December the normal program resumes, running for approximately 20 minutes and playing a second time after other content. There is a thirty minute countdown with a delightful display that always precedes the starting time. There in an on site PA system to deliver quality audio. The show can also be heard by tuning in to 88.6FM. Times and content are being regularly updated and you can find regular updates at Quirindi Silo Art on Facebook.
Follow the Quirindi township’s inspiration and the energy behind this exciting journey to earn a place on the Australian Silo Art Trail: follow Quirindi Silo Art on facebook.
THE STORY SO FAR:
The Silo began as the twinkle in the eye of local Quirindi resident Ian Carter, who rallied the community together to develop the town’s own iconic Silo art landmark. Working together to apply for grant funding and sponsorship by local businesses (Thank you all!), the committee approached illuminart in 2021 for advice about how to accomplish the specialised projection mapping and permanent automated display they aspired to. Illuminart advised on all aspects of the installation, from selection of the mural artist and the process of design and development of the mural art and projection art integration. The community had input throughout the project. The opportunity for mural artist was advertised in 2022 and 6 artists were shortlisted to provide detailed submissions, and from this list the Western Australian artist, Peter Ryan, and his vibrant design based on community input, were selected.
Artist Peter Ryan commenced painting his mural design onto the Silos in October 2022, assisted by local artist Kate Rutter. The painting process took 2 months and during this period, the illuminart team assisted with detailed projection mapping to calbrate the mural and projection for the future nightly shows. While Peter completed the mural, the illuminart team consultated with Kamilaroi cultural custodian Jason Allen, and gathered community photos. A public test projection for the locals stoked the sparks of inspiration for the community.
Illuminart worked with the Quirindi Silo Art committee, Peter Ryan, local photographer Sally Aldern and the community of Quirindi to create a stunning light show that maps onto the beautiful mural, creating an exciting transformation that looks awesome at night!
The Quirindi community and visitors came together to celebrate local stories in light at an exciting free family event to launch the project on January 27th 2023. Illuminart wove connected stories, cultural content and historical elements together for the event and we are excited about working with the Quirindi community to develop content for the hybrid art attraction into the future.
The town continues to celebrate this wonderful icon with exciting projects like the Rotary pathway, an annual calendar and content sponsorship packages which all help celebrate and generate support that will enhance the project into the future. The committee are developing new content through an ongoing community engagement process and look forward to bringing you fresh content in the months and years ahead. Head to their Facebook page to learn ways to be involved in all these aspects of Quirindi Silo Art.
"So much more than just shining a projector onto a Silo!" ~ Quirindi Silo Art Committee
- Cindi Drennan Projection Specialist
- Craig Laurendet Projection Specialist
- Justin Morrissey Site Inspector
- Nathan Barron Technical Department Manager
- Alice Peacock Art Director / Animator
- Verity Brookes Project Manager
- Peter Ryan Mural Artist / Animator
- Sally Aldern Launch Exhibition Content Coordinator
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