There are many towns across the state which have magnificent displays of silo or street art. The number of towns on the Silo Art trail is rapidly expanding - so much so that there are now Silo Art Trails that you can follow throughout the state and the country!
Quorn is a town that should be on your list for a special visit - the silo art display is different from any other you'll see in South Australia. Illuminart has created an incredible projection display onto the silos. We recently visited Quorn to see the light show and if you're familiar with Illuminart, you'll know that the show was colourful, entertaining, educational and full of local history.
We arrived just before sunset and claimed our spot on one of the permanent seats that have been built on the edge of the Pichi Richi Railway yards. The silos are in the centre of Quorn - it was almost across the road from our accommodation.
Before long, there were approximately 50 people of all ages sitting with us. Chairs, picnic blankets, snacks and drinks were organised and we all settled into our spots, awaiting the show.
We chatted to the people sharing our bench and like us, they had come to Quorn specifically to see the projection. They told us that they were on their way home from a holiday on the Eyre Peninsula when they heard about the light show. They turned off the main Augusta Highway and headed to Quorn. One more night was happily added to their holiday and they said it was a wonderful way to finish their great trip.
In the little tin shed alongside us, we heard a whir and then a beam of light projected onto the silo. The Light Show started at sunset with a countdown. It would be approximately 15 minutes before it was dark enough for the show to begin. Intermittently through the countdown, we saw the letter Q evolve four times. On speaking to Illuminart's founder, Cindi Drennan, she explained that what we saw was the tail of the Flinders Ranges critically endangered Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby, the vine of a bush tomato, an Australian cattle dog's tail and a branch from a eucalyptus tree.
Once the sky was dark enough, the stars in the sky shone and we all sat back and watched this amazing show.
Straight away, we all knew we were in for a treat. The show started with a story on water and its importance to the Flinders Ranges; how much, where and when the water goes. We heard about Goyder and his line and saw how Dorothea Mackellar's famous poem speaks loud and clear here in the Flinders.
The projection told us of the stories of the travel-weary soldiers that passed through Quorn on their way to the war. Local CWA members, with Mrs Pearl Hastwell in charge, saw the need for the men to have a hearty home-cooked meal to see them on their way. By 1944, more than 137,000 meals had been served to the men who stopped at Quorn. It's a story I'd not heard before and I was amazed and in awe of the people of Quorn who came together as one to help the boys on their way north. What an amazing town to have rallied and worked so hard to make meals that were fit for kings. What a proud history this town has!
Following the projection which combines, film, artwork and animations there's a running slideshow of artworks, photos and imagery sourced from people who live and work in the local area.
Quorn is Cindi's home town and she was honoured to have been asked to create a permanent installation in the town. It took 4 years to get to where it is now and it is sure to be a huge boost to tourism in the area.
If you wish to watch the Light Show from the comfort of your car or caravan, tune into 87.6 FM. The best sound will be as near as possible to the railway yards, but it's definitely possible to watch and hear the Light Show from further away.
Illuminart has projection Light Shows on the silos Quorn and at Karoonda.
The Karoonda silos feature an ever-changing projection by night, all driven by the local council and the community. By day, you can marvel at the mural painted by Mongolian-born Melbourne artist HEESCO. Karoonda is on my list of silos to visit next!
Illuminart also has a permanent silo installation in the works at Wallaroo, as well as a number of different projection projects around the state in locations including Barmera, Mount Gambier and Victor Harbor.