OUT IN THE HEARTLANDS OF AUSTRALIA THE SKYSCRAPERS OF THE BUSH SHIMMER ON THE HORIZON
The Silo Trail is a series of photographic studies of grain silos both as Archetype – symbols in rural landscapes of production, cultivation, prosperity decline and change; and Typology – classification according to general type – comparing their forms and designs based on function, regional idiosyncrasies and the age of the structures.
While unmistakeably Australian, the location of the silos provides the meaning, the ‘where’ is as important as the ‘what’. The historic and cultural status of these structures is specific to locality – the town, the railway line, the community, yet can be viewed as collective symbols of the built landscape.
The Silo Trail project will eventually document all 240+ silos in Victoria, 350+ in NSW and beyond to Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania, so it may take a few years!
The intention is to build a collection that is both an historical record and celebration of these unique regional architectural forms.
If you would like to contribute to the site, we are collecting stories, recollections and photos to include on the site. Any specific information about sites, like when the silos were built and capacity is very welcome. Please be in touch.