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Silo Series: Sheep’s Hill – Adnate

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The team at Global Tanks love to get out and explore, especially when it comes to tanks! A few of the team headed out to the Silo Art Trail in Victoria, which stretches over 200km and is the largest of its kind in Australia. Various artists were commissioned to create art on the silo’s in collaboration with the Yarriambiack Shire Council, international street art agency Juddy Roller, Victorian Government, Australian Government and GrainCorp, who donated the silos as canvases for the artists’ work.

The first one of this series Global Tanks would like to share is the Sheep’s Hill Silo which was built back in 1938. The man responsible for the phenomenal mural was artist Adnate. Amazingly, it took him overall just 4 weeks from conception to completion. These photographs were taken by our team member Domenic Crisera.

 

Adnate is a Melbourne based spray paint artist who has a strong connection to indigenous people of their native lands, especially Indigenous Australians. He uses art to tell their stories and in 2016, he developed a friendship with the Barengi Gaijin Land Council in Victoria and found inspiration for the mural. As pictured, the mural on the silo depicts Wergaia Elder, Uncle Ron Marks, and Wotjobaluk Elder, Aunty Regina Hood, alongside two young children, Savannah Marks and Curtly McDonald. The goal for Adnate was to celebrate the richness of the area’s Indigenous culture.

You will also notice a night sky painted, representing the elements of local dreaming and the overall image signifies the important exchange of wisdom, knowledge and customs from Elders through to the next generation.

Adnate recounts that he needs to spotlight on the area’s young indigenous people and highlight the strong ancestral connection that they share with their elders.

 

The main takeaway from visiting this incredible work of art is the beauty in the transformation of what would have otherwise just looked like sheets of metal, into significant artwork with more than one Indigenous cultural link.

Global Tanks are passionate about the community and encouraging the team to get out there and learn about history. If you would like to get in touch with anyone from the team to discuss all things tanks, head to our contact page or give us a call today!