Flowery wheat-bins gracing the town of Ravensthorpe, Western Australia

@JudyEv (123138)
Bunbury, Australia
January 12, 2018 9:35am CST
Another interesting site when we visited Ravensthorpe in Western Australia was their giant wheat-bins (grain silos) which have been painted to show the banksia in the various stages of its life. On the left can be seen the yellow candle-like flower which provides food for birds and small animals such as the honey possum. The flowers then develop into hard, woody seed pods as can be seen on the other two silos. The leaves are tough and quite spiky. A number of country towns have taken to painting their grain bins but this is the first one we’ve seen.
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@MALUSE (40032)
• Germany
12 Jan
What a brilliant idea! I only know boring silvery ones.
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
The idea has really taken off and there are now a number of silos that have been painted. We need to do a trip and document some more.
@JohnRoberts (56665)
• Los Angeles, California
12 Jan
I have never seen that before. The big grain silos here are always plain.
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
I understand there are more in our eastern states that have been painted but I can't find any free images to use.
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@amadeo (65575)
• United States
12 Jan
Nice looking bins there.So colorful
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
They are pretty aren't they?
@amadeo (65575)
• United States
13 Jan
@JudyEv yes they are.
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@allknowing (64982)
• India
13 Jan
I have said this before. Don't you think Australia is a bit different?
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
I suppose it is but not so much to me as to you perhaps.
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@allknowing (64982)
• India
13 Jan
@JudyEv Which country will have such out of the ordinary artifacts strewn all over the country?
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
@allknowing Maybe India??
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• United States
13 Jan
@JudyEv That's cool. At first, I thought those were trash bins.
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
They are massive big grain silos. They would have used a cherry-picker and/or scaffolding to do these.
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@RasmaSandra (17408)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
12 Jan
How wonderful. I love the look of those wheat bins.
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
It's a vast improvement on grey concrete, isn't it?
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@Corbin5 (105920)
• United States
12 Jan
Those are lovely. Here, when we travel downstate in IL, the silos are boring with no artistic designs on them.
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
I must try and find some more to photograph but I don't think there are too many in our state yet. No doubt, the idea will catch on.
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@Kandae11 (36791)
12 Jan
First time I am seeing such colorful bins.
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
They look great don't they? Much nicer than grey concrete.
@Madshadi (8937)
• Brussels, Belgium
12 Jan
That’s brilliant
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
They're great aren't they? There are several 'viewing points' around them too.
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@Madshadi (8937)
• Brussels, Belgium
13 Jan
@JudyEv some people are just so creative
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
@Madshadi They are indeed. I can't imagine trying to paint something so big and getting it all to scale. They must have it sketched out first I think.
@shaggin (36845)
• United States
15 Jan
This is amazing! I love Art and the artwork on this is wonderful and well though out! Such a great way to turn boring wheat-bins into something beautiful that will interest visitors!
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Jan
I'm a bit flummoxed about how difficult it would be to paint once you get really close to it.
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@shaggin (36845)
• United States
15 Jan
@JudyEv being so big it couldn't have been an easy task.
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@LadyDuck (156721)
• Switzerland
12 Jan
This is such a brilliant idea, those wheat-bins look so much nicer that the plain metal ones.
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
I know there are some spectacular ones in the east too but I'm not sure if we have more here or not.
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@LadyDuck (156721)
• Switzerland
13 Jan
@JudyEv Ours are all the same, more or less identical to those in Maluse photo.
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@sallypup (27045)
• Moses Lake, Washington
14 Jan
That must have been something, painting those gigantic beautiful paintings.
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
I think you'd need a sketch first because once you got up close enough to paint it would be hard to keep it in perspective.
@Daelii (5584)
• United States
13 Jan
Those are very beautiful!
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
It's a nice way of prettying up concrete silos.
@averygirl72 (16656)
• Philippines
13 Jan
That's wonderful and artistic
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
I'm pleased you like it. I thought they looked lovely too.
@hostessman (9427)
• Tucson, Arizona
12 Jan
those are some very nice bins
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
It is certainly a 'statement' now. Much better than plain cement silos.
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@TRBRocks420 (77268)
• Banks, Oregon
12 Jan
Those are pretty cool.
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
I know there are others in the east but I'm not sure if there are more in our own state.
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• United States
12 Jan
So much nicer looking than plain ones. Good job!
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
Much better than grey concrete. I'm glad you like them.
@xFiacre (4414)
• Ireland
12 Jan
@judyev That’s quite fetching. Pity they can’t sink them into the ground though.
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
It would be hard to see the design if they were sunk underground.
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@aninditasen (1687)
• Raurkela, India
12 Jan
Lovely way to feed birds and animals.
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
In the wild, the banksias are an important source of food for birds and animals.