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Snowtown Water Tower Art

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Published September 17th 2021
Reshaping the future of an infamous town
Snowtown Water Tower Art
Country Fire Service hero


Unfairly tarnished forever, Snowtown now has a giant 360-degree technicolour mural to reshape its future. This peaceful township in the mid-north became infamous when the remains of eight murder victims were discovered in acid-filled barrels in a disused bank vault in 1999. Although the Snowtown community had nothing to do with these murders, decades of stigma and economic struggle remain. It is hoped that the water tower art, which celebrates local volunteers and sports stars, will play a part in changing the perception of the town and make it a more positive place.

sa ambulance
SA Ambulance servicewoman


Renowned artist Joel Van Moore, aka 'Vans the Omega', undertook the project and challenged himself right to the very end. Extreme temperatures, swirling winds, dust storms and heavy rains almost made it impossible, however, colour finally triumphed over darks with the help of 120 litres of paint and 300 spray cans. Bright faces started to appear on the disused water tower, just a few hundred metres from that notorious vault. The four people featured on the mural are a Country Fire Service hero of thirty years, a 25-year SA Ambulance servicewoman, a netball player and a football record holder.

netball player
Netball player


football record holder
Football record holder


While we were there, it was great to see others stopping to look and taking photos of the colourful artwork too. Much and varied colours have been used, I believe, to depict brilliance, glow and radiance. I personally hope this brings many benefits to the community.

disused bank vault
Disused bank vault building


The water tower art is located along Railway Terrace East in Snowtown, approximately 150 kilometres north of Adelaide. Nearby, you can also find a big turbine blade and learn about one of South Australia's largest wind farms. Public toilets are not far away either, if you do need to relieve yourself after that long drive.

big turbine blade
Big turbine blade

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Where: Railway Terrace East, Snowtown, SA
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Your Comment
Beautiful art Audrey. They will surely put Snowtown on the map for the right reasons.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|3191) 37 days ago
Oh my gosh, love those murals, Audrey
by Elaine (score: 3|8513) 38 days ago
what a great tribute to the town
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|3322) 37 days ago
The water tower and silo art is so very popular these days that hopefully, it will draw people in to have a look, take a photo and spend some money in the town.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|9251) 36 days ago
There is no need to mention the terrible past .The people of Snowtown are trying to move on . Enjoy the town for its beauty.
by hoope (score: 0|8) 28 days ago
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