A single silo in the small town of Quorn in South Australia’s Flinders Ranges remains intact during the day.

    But in the dark it comes to life, with a three-hour light projection show every night of the year.

    The exhibit was nominated as an Australian Street Art Awards finalist for Best Mega Mural.

    Illuminart, artistic director and co-founder of Stories in Light, Cindi Drennan, said heritage rules prevented painting a mural on the silo.

    “The Quorn Silo is right in the center of town, within the historic Pichi Richi Railroad compound,” Ms Drennan said.

    A silo with Quorn Silo Light Show written on it.
    The Quorn silo lights up all year round with projections.(Provided: Illuminart)

    “So this neighborhood is trying to stay original from what it was 150 years ago and anything that’s been added has to stay true to how it was first built.

    “Fortunately, the light projection does not change the structure or appearance of the space in any way.”

    First permanent light show

    The Quorn Silo Light Show is the first project of its kind in South Africa to take place every night.

    “It brought this beautiful light show to the heart of Quorn, then previously a town that was very sleepy… suddenly we now have beautiful, heart-pounding light,” Ms Drennan said.

    The show includes an hour-long “tourist” exhibit, featuring stories based on the city’s history.

    A silo with an art image of women projected on it
    The exhibit lasts about three hours and features locals’ artwork played on a loop and projected onto the silo.(Provided: Illuminart)

    Another two hours of art follow, showing a “community show” of local artists.

    Up to 100 people come on a busy summer night, watching on lounge chairs or tuning in from their cars.

    “It’s not just a free attraction, people really learn a lot about the Flinders Ranges and the really unique features of the area from this light show, so they love it,” Ms Drennan said.

    “For Quorn, it’s changed the way people see the city, it’s increased visitation, so it’s really important that we keep improving it and adding to those stories.”

    A silo with two women projected onto it as light art.
    Quorn Heritage rules mean that the Silo cannot be painted.(Provided: Illuminart)

    Celebrate important moments

    More artwork is added to the display every few months to keep the display fresh.

    “This year, Pichi Richi Railway celebrates 50 years since its original founding, so we are working with Pichi Richi to create a story about how it came together through volunteers,” Ms Drennan said.

    “We describe it [the light show] as a rail system, every time we create a new story, it’s like adding another wagon.”

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