ALBANY, AUSTRALIA — Brooklyn, New York, U.S.-based street art duo Yok and Sheryo have completed a 35-meter sea dragon mural on grain silos in Albany, Western Australia, the fourth mural in FORM and CBH Group’s PUBLIC Silo Trail series.
Over the past three years, the trail has put regional Western Australia on the map, bringing murals to grain silos, public walls and transformer boxes across the state, with artwork so far from Phlegm, HENSE, Amok Island, and Kyle Hughes-Odgers.
CBH noted the fourth silo in the unfolding trail, on the coast of Australia’s south western most tip, morphs two creatures of the ocean, both rare and exclusive to the coastal waters of south-western Australia, with the bright red of the ruby sea dragon and the gossamer tendrils of its leafy cousin.
Lynda Dorrington, FORM’s executive director, said the project was about shining a light on the state’s regions and showing how unique and important regional towns are to Western Australians.
“We genuinely believe in the transformative power that art and creative expression can have on individuals and communities,” Dorrington said. “While this project is yet to become a fully-fledged trail, we have already witnessed its impact on the towns it has visited. We can’t wait to announce the final silos in the trail in the coming weeks.”
Brianna Peake, CBH Group’s general manager of grower and external relations, said the cooperative was thrilled to help celebrate Albany’s rich maritime environment through its part in the PUBLIC Silo Trail.
“CBH is pleased to support our grain growing regions through high profile projects such as this, and to see the economic benefits that will flow into the region as a result,” Peake said. “These initiatives form part of CBH’s Community Investment Program, which invests around $1.5 million each year into projects to support rural and regional people through the arts, sport, cultural events and services.”
As part of the PUBLIC Silo Trail a series of murals were painted by five Western Australian artists on Western Power transformer boxes throughout the Albany CBD, and engagement workshops were facilitated with Open Access Youth Arts and their young artists.
The PUBLIC Silo Trail is a partnership between FORM, CBH Group and Western Power and is supported by a grant from the Australian Government through the Building Better Regions Fund and Lotterywest.