What used to be an illegal activity and a form of protest that was quickly washed out or painted over during most of the 20th century has become a highly distinguished art form, touted the world over, in the 21st. But while street art has evolved throughout the years to become loved and praised, it remains almost solely the pride of cities.
Australia is having none of this urban exclusivity. For the past five years, Aussie street art has pushed beyond Melbourne’s Croft Alley and Sydney’s Bondi Beach Graffiti Wall to small, agricultural towns. More specifically, it’s made its way to what are probably the best canvases available in the countryside: silos and water towers. Those giant concrete or steel structures that, while utilitarian, are gray eyesores, are now getting makeovers throughout the country for the benefit of locals and the pleasure of tourists.