PINGRUP, AUSTRALIA — Miami, Florida, U.S.-based artist Evoca1 has been chosen to paint the final mural in FORM and CBH Group’s PUBLIC Silo Trail, happening this August in Pingrup.
Evoca1, whose name refers to the Spanish word evocar, meaning “to evoke,” is known internationally for his photorealistic style and his creation of art that has a social conscience.
CBH said the Dominican-born muralist is one of America’s leading street artists and last year created Western Australia’s Boy on the Red Bike in metropolitan Perth for the Paint Subi mural project.
This August, he’ll be turning his hand to one of his biggest canvases yet in a uniquely Western Australian setting: a series of grain silos in the southwestern Australian town of Pingrup.
Evoca1 said he was honored to have been invited back to Western Australia to create the final mural in the PUBLIC Silo Trail in Pingrup.
“The inspiration in this regional community is abundant, especially reading about the people themselves, who so proudly continue generations of resilience in farming,” Evoca1 said. “This PUBLIC Silo Trail will surely leave a large footprint in the history and future of such communities and it is truly exciting to be a part of it.”
The mural, which Evoca1 will begin painting Aug. 21 at the CBH Group silos on Jolley Road in Pinrgrup, is expected to take around two weeks to complete.
It is the sixth mural in a series of artworks that have been painted over the past three years on grain silos in Northam, Ravensthorpe, Merredin, Albany and Newdegate and on public walls and transformer boxes throughout Katanning.
Lynda Dorrington, executive director at FORM, said the PUBLIC Silo Trail was about taking art out of galleries and making it more accessible.
“This is art that tells a story about a people or a place, whether it’s the budding cycle of Ravensthorpe’s wildflowers or the beautiful species of seadragon found only off the coast in Albany,” Dorrington said. “It’s trail that invites people to explore their state, by putting art in unexpected places, and using creativity to celebrate the agricultural assets that form the backbone of our economy.”
Brianna Peake, general manager of grower and external relations at CBH Group, said it had been an incredible journey so far on the PUBLIC Silo Trail.
“We’re pleased to continue our support to WA’s grain growing regions through high-profile projects such as this in what has been a fantastic visual feast that started at our Avon site three years ago,” Peake said. “It will be sad to see this come to a close with Pingrup the last stop on the PUBLIC Silo Trail, and we can’t wait to see what Evoca1 has in store for us.”