A big, BIG issue

This post was published in 2018, but it has been updated in January 2021 with a follow-up issue. More below!

One of my favourite Aussie issues of recent times was 2017’s Street Art – vibrant, modern, urban and startlingly different from the usual stamp fodder. Not surprisingly, those stunning works were a big hit on my Instagram page. They’re very like-able.

I loved seeing Australia Post continue the theme with May’s Silo Art issue. Silo art is the rural equivalent of street art, except that it’s painted on grain silos, and it is, as a rule, ENORMOUS.

Australia 2018 Silo Art $1 Weethalle Heesco Khosnaran stamp
Weethalle, New South Wales
Artist: Heesco Khosnaran

Painted silos have sprung up all over Australia in recent years, often depicting local characters, flora and fauna, or scenes of rural life. In some places, you can follow a Silo Art Trail through the countryside, bringing some small relief to many of the drought-depressed local communities. It perhaps says something of the impact of these works that this issue has been released at all, when the first silo was painted only in 2015.

It’s actually ludicrous to see silo art crammed into the tiny square centimetrage of an ordinary-sized postage stamp. These works are so gigantic, their size can only truly be appreciated up close. For a sense of scale, look for the person standing in the foreground of the Ravensthorpe stamp:

Australia 2018 Silo Art $1 Ravensthorpe Amok Island stamp
Ravensthorpe, Western Australia
Artist: Amok Island

The accompanying miniature sheet does a pretty good job of communicating the sheer size of these works. Bit of a shame that Aussie Post didn’t feature these works on the larger-size stamps that they use occasionally to commemorate giant sharks and more traditional artworks.

Australia 2018 Silo Art $1 Patchewollock Fintan Magee miniature sheet
Feature work: Patchewollock, Victoria
Artist: Fintan Magee

If you’re an aficionado of public art, and these issues have you booking your ticket to Australia, you can at least be assured that the silo art has one advantage over its street cousins: at least one, if not more, of the works featured in the Street Art stamp issue have now been painted over, in keeping with the street art ethos. Good luck painting over any of these in a hurry. They’ll wait for you.

Australia 2018 Silo Art $1 Thallon Drapl and The Zookeeper stamp
Thallon, Queensland
Artists: Drapl and The Zookeeper

Australia Post’s Collectables page gives an excellent background to each of the works depicted in these stamps. If you want to see more silo artwork, a Google image search for for ‘silo art’ won’t disappoint. (Yep, I’m here to offer highly specialised advice like that. Hope I don’t lose you with my technical computery talk.) There are a few Facebook fan pages out there to be found too, with regular updates.

Australia 2018 Silo Art $1 Brim Guido van Helten stamp
Brim, Victoria
Artist: Guido van Helten

One of my favourite little bits of this issue is the sight of the dark grey storm clouds brewing over the silos at Brim. Those rains’ll be good for the crops.

Update, January 2021

The public mural art just keeps coming! As I write this update, my main blog posts have been a bit Australia-centric of late, so I will stash this new issue under the silos.

September 2020 brought us Water Tower Art. As with Silo Art, these magnificent works adorn structures throughout rural and regional Australia, and are often huge in scale.

In keeping with the Street Art and Silo Art issues, we have four stamps and a miniature sheet. More information on this issue can be found at the Australia Post Collectables website.

  • Australia 2020 Water Tower Art $1.10 Snowtown stamp
  • Australia 2020 Water Tower Art $1.10 Gulargambone stamp
  • Australia 2020 Water Tower Art $1.10 Narrandera stamp
  • Australia 2020 Water Tower Art $1.10 Winton stamp
  • Australia 2020 Water Tower Art $4.40 miniature sheet

Enjoy this post? Spray your appreciation all over the internet! Like, link, comment, share! Say hello on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! x

© Philatelic product images remain the copyright of issuing postal administrations and successor authorities

3 thoughts on “A big, BIG issue

Add yours

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Website Built with WordPress.com.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: