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Tumby Bay Silo Art

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by Jenny Esots (subscribe)
A freelance writer and traveller who likes to explore the spiritual, literary and hidden gems of Adelaide and beyond.
Published January 28th 2021
Celebrating Tumby Bays Past, Present and Future
While travelling in the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia, it is worthwhile taking the opportunity to break the journey as part of the South Australia Silo Art Trail and Tumby Bay now boasts its own amazing silo art completed by mural artist Martin Ron. There is something awe-inspiring about seeing art on such a grand scale out in the open.

Tumby Bay Silo Art  image Jenny Esots
Tumby Bay Silo Art image Jenny Esots


Tumby Bay Mural Project
Argentinian artist Martin Ron was commissioned to create the Tumby Bay silo mural. The artist is an internationally recognised leader in large wall murals and has worked on sites around the world. He has stated that he wanted to create an art piece that reflected his impressions of what was unique to Tumby Bay. He spent several days developing his mural concept. During this time, he watched people swimming and jumping off the jetty and joined in himself, which forms part of an iconic tradition of Tumby Bay. The image was taken by a local photographer Robert Lang, in January 2014, of local boys Eli Carmody and Morris Webb jumping off the Tumby Bay jetty on a very hot summer's afternoon. The image is described as representing Tumby Bay's past, present and future.

Tumby Bay Silo Art  image Jenny Esots
Tumby Bay Silo Art image Jenny Esots


The Tumby Bay silo murals were completed on April 13th, 2018 and were the third silos to be painted in South Australia. Overall, they are the 18th to be included in the Australian Silo Art Trail Collection. The Tumby Bay Silo Art also includes a Welcome to Country at the entrance to the viewing place. A reminder of the indigenous heritage of this place.

The Entrance to the Viewing Area for the Tumby Bay Silo Art  image Jenny Esots
The Entrance to the Viewing Area for the Tumby Bay Silo Art image Jenny Esots


Viewing the Tumby Silos
The Tumby Bay Silos cannot be seen properly from the Lincoln Highway. A special entrance has been made via Bratten Road, which is signposted from the main highway. The designated car park is suitable for caravans and motor-homes and is the best-suggested viewing area for photos.

The Avenue of Gums at the Tumby Bay Silo Art  image Jenny Esots
The Avenue of Gums at the Tumby Bay Silo Art image Jenny Esots


The entrance takes the visitor along an avenue lined with gums. There is also a yarning circle and places to stop a sit for a while. It has been well landscaped and provides a good combination of art and nature.

The Yarning Circle for the Tumby Bay Silo Art  image Jenny Esots
The Yarning Circle for the Tumby Bay Silo Art image Jenny Esots

Places to sit at the Tumby Bay Silo Art  image Jenny Esots
Places to sit at the Tumby Bay Silo Art image Jenny Esots


About the Artist
Martin Ron was born in the province of Buenos Aires, Argentina and is one of Argentina's leading street artists. Mr Ron has worked in England, Spain and the USA and is considered to be one of the ten leading muralists in the world.

Tumby Bay Silo Art  image Jenny Esots
Tumby Bay Silo Art image Jenny Esots


Strong Communities
The Tumby Bay Silo Art project had the support of the Tumby Bay community, including mural project leader Dion Lebrun and the Tumby Bay committee members. It was also made possible through a 'Fund My Neighbourhood' grant and a strong community that got behind the project.

Building Strong Communities - Tumby Bay Silo Art
Building Strong Communities - Tumby Bay Silo Art


Silo art is helping revitalise townships by providing another reason for people, both near and far, to visit regional towns like Tumby Bay.

Tumby Bay Silo Art  image Jenny Esots
Tumby Bay Silo Art image Jenny Esots


Tumby Bay is less than an hour away from Port Lincoln and only two hour's drive from Whyalla. The silo pit stop is worth making time for on your journey. Further Silo Art can be located on the Silo Art Trail website here.
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Why? Amazing Silo Art
Where: Tumby Bay, South Australia
Cost: FREE Admission
Your Comment
What a great way to transform these spaces with public art. And good for artists too
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|3249) 259 days ago
Splendid article that highlights a recent reason to travel near home.
by Jeremy Bryce (score: 2|166) 258 days ago
Great article and photos Jenny. The silo mural is definitely awe-inspiring. It's re-cycling at its best. They have allowed small towns to put themselves on the map, so to speak, with economical advantages to the local communities.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|3167) 259 days ago
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