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Eudunda Silo Art

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Published October 8th 2021
It's storytime in the birthplace of Colin Thiele
eudunda silo art
Eudunda silo art

A story is being told through Eudunda's 30-metre-tall silos. Recently completed, the spectacular silo art has made an identity for this regional township. Sam Brooks painted not only local history but also a broad cultural piece to inspire, challenge and stimulate tourism.

white girl
White girl

farm life in the early days
Farm life in the early days

Two children are seen using books to share stories about their past as well as the ideas and customs of their society. The white girl cautiously sets her hand into local author Colin Thiele's Sun on the Stubble. Stepping through this book, she encounters farm life just as it was in the early days. At the same time, in a light-hearted manner, the Ngadjuri boy invites her to come over and learn about his culture too. His book, represented by stars, is a summary of literature on the area.

Ngadjuri boy
Ngadjuri boy

The artist himself said he wanted to use the silos in a way that creates realistic massive books with two cultures depicted side by side. He also aimed to paint something specific to Eudunda, and I think he has creatively and innovatively done so.

Laucke flour mill bag
Laucke flour mill bag

I particularly love the concept of a "rope" to symbolise the passage through time. Various images, based on actual artefacts within the town, are clipped to the rope. These include the Laucke flour mill bag and farmers co-op building. There is also a dreamtime story about the crow.

farmers co-op building
Farmers co-op building

So, why not consider visiting Eudunda one day soon to immerse yourself in a special time of storytelling. The Storytime silo art has been made possible with the help of a Tackling Tough Times Together grant as well as funding from the Regional Council of Goyder. A short and easy footpath will lead you straight to the silos from a purpose-built carpark just off Railway Parade. Once arriving at the silos, head up the elevated viewing area for great photo opportunities.

Lavender Federation Trail
Along the Lavender Federation Trail

Those keen on walking will be glad to know that the artwork is located along the Lavender Federation Trail. And, to fans of Colin Thiele, you can find his bronze statue in Centenary Gardens across the main road from the silo carpark.

colin thiele
Bronze statue of Colin Thiele in Centenary Gardens

Approximately 110 kilometres northeast of Adelaide, Eudunda's silo art is the eleventh to be painted in our state so far. Other artworks can be found at Owen, Paringa, Farrell Flat, Cowell, Karoonda, Waikerie, Wirrabara, Tumby Bay, Kimba and Coonalpyn.
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Your Comment
Gosh, I love the silo art ...
by Elaine (score: 3|8497) 7 days ago
such beautiful and detailed images
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|3260) 7 days ago
These are so well thought out. I love the way they have used the structure of the silo as the spine of the book.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|9187) 7 days ago
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