Images in the Sky Above Avoca


Last Wednesday evening the Avoca Silo was transformed with moving images appearing on its walls as part of the projection equipment testing process undertaken by the Centre(for) for Projection Art. Bianca Bowman, the group’s CEO, reported the clarity and brightness testing passed with flying colours, adding that “the residents of Avoca, with its silo located in such an idyllic space, should in time enjoy all the benefits from the wide range of events the Avoca Silo Project can offer the town as well as draw greater numbers of visitors from much further afield”.

Having now seen at first hand the ‘lie of the land’, Bianca added, our group is even more excited in becoming an integral part of the Avoca Silo Project following the invitation by Avoca Community Arts & Gardens to work with them in realizing the full potential this new innovative enterprise offers through utilizing large silos as outdoor art and entertainment venues.


President of Arts & Gardens Hugh Forster, in acknowledging the projection equipment represented a major investment item in the Project’s budget, commented there was some measure of relief that the technical advice upon which the proposal’s successful funding application with the Department of Premier and Cabinet had relied, was now proven correct. But of far more significance was that ‘made you blink’ moment of the visual impact in seeing moving images, in full colour, live on the silo’s wall across its full width and height. Issues of paint glare and distortions due to the wall’s curve were completely unfounded. Exciting was the consensus of views expressed by those present particularly the longer-term economic benefits this project will generate for Avoca.


Some two weeks earlier, Mr Forster advised, that safety riggers from the Nati Access Co had scaled the silo bin as well as its elevator tower as the first step in obtaining safety clearance for the overall structure. Found to be in remarkably good condition especially the tower on which the sky-high illuminated sculpture is to be installed the next step in this process is gaining structural engineering certification related to safety and installation parameters.


Work is also proceeding with the Illuminated sculpture under the responsibility of Kate Gerritsen. Kate, an outdoor art installation professional, brings to the project a high level of expertise as the appointed project manager for the Project’s sculptural element. Developing expressions of interest for the sculpture creative it will be soon be released into the art community with Kate as the reference point for all enquiries on this part of the project’s program.


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