Gunnedah | Heesco

Gunnedah Silo Art by Heesco


I found this Silo a bit of a challenge to photograph. My first instinct was to capture it off the bridge and I almost left with those photos being my only angle for this artwork. I took a lot of photos of Heesco's silo and didn't have a favourite until I edited the angle of this photo in Google Photos. 

The Silo is one of two artworks, the other by Jenny McCraken, in Gunnedah that feature on the Silo Art Trail. It's found on Warrabungle & Barber Streets and features the portrait of Dorothea Mackellar, an Australian Poet and the second verse of a poem she wrote, 'My Country'

My Country

The love of field and coppice,
Of green and shaded lanes.
Of ordered woods and gardens
Is running in your veins,
Strong love of grey-blue distance
Brown streams and soft dim skies
I know but cannot share it,
My love is otherwise.

I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror –
The wide brown land for me!

A stark white ring-barked forest
All tragic to the moon,
The sapphire-misted mountains,
The hot gold hush of noon.
Green tangle of the brushes,
Where lithe lianas coil,
And orchids deck the tree-tops
And ferns the warm dark soil.

Core of my heart, my country!
Her pitiless blue sky,
When sick at heart, around us,
We see the cattle die –
But then the grey clouds gather,
And we can bless again
The drumming of an army,
The steady, soaking rain.

Core of my heart, my country!
Land of the Rainbow Gold,
For flood and fire and famine,
She pays us back threefold –
Over the thirsty paddocks,
Watch, after many days,
The filmy veil of greenness
That thickens as we gaze.

An opal-hearted country,
A wilful, lavish land –
All you who have not loved her,
You will not understand –
Though earth holds many splendours,
Wherever I may die,
I know to what brown country
My homing thoughts will fly.

Dorothea Mackellar

-- Dorothea Mackellar