Silo street art: works of art under the Australian sky


In a previous column, we talked about the requirement, for countries such as Australia, of the IECEx certification to operate in explosive atmospheres, compared to the ATEX prevailing in Europe. If it is true, however, that different quality standards are required in such distant countries, the same cannot be said for art.

Silo street art, in fact, unites Italian cities such as Catania, with Australia itself. Actually, it is precisely from the distant lands of the oceanic continent that this movement first developed!

For years, artists from all over have participated in the creation of real works of art in the open air, mainly populating the south-east of Australia with characteristic and unique views and transforming houses, water deposits, cities and, of course, using silo as canvas to paint on.

HEESCO is an example of a silo street artist. Born in Mongolia, he settled in Melbourne since 2010, and has become one of the most famous in the last decade. The mural created in Karoonda was awarded "Best of the Best" and "Best Mega Mural" during the annual festival called "Australian Street Art Awards".

Just as art in all its forms is free and leaves everyone the freedom to express themselves, silo street art also does not set any limits.

It is therefore also possible to find many women that strongly express their style, such as Jenny McCracken, an artist active since 1989 who always experiments with new techniques, making also use of 3D technology. It is the case of the work at Gulargambone, NSW, realized on a water tower. Her work is spread all over the world and her collaborations include Ford, Mazda, Walt Disney and Paramount Pictures.

Finding the point of contact between beauty and decadence, on the other hand, is the goal of the art of Rone, another artist active in Australia. Seeing his works slowly degrade due to time or man has taught him to appreciate and grasp the moment when an image begins to merge with the surrounding environment, as in the image of a silo in Lascelles, Victoria.

The works of the artist Fintan are also deeply integrated with the urban environment and deal with themes of diversity, migration and transition, waste and consumption, loss and the environment. An exemplary representation of this is the local worker, Nick “noodle” Holland.

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