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Quorn’s silos to light up science

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A light show trail focusing on science and art will feature on five different SA regional landmarks, including Quorn’s silos, in August.

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Flinders Ranges Council mayor Greg Flints said talented artists and animators from the region will illuminate the Quorn Silo Light Show with unique stories focusing on local knowledge and ideas as part of the SALA Festival and National Science Week.

“The Quorn Silo will light up the night sky with more captivating experiences and even a special transmission from the future with screenings taking place from sunset every night in August,” Flints said.

The different shows will focus on stories uncovering the region’s bush tucker, as well as stories exploring the Flinders Ranges.

“Quorn has three new exciting features with one being a ‘Self-drive Self-fly Adventure’ which takes you on a day out with Kev the Kookaburra and Kev Junior, using modern wi-fly technology to explore and discover their insights about the ancient Flinders Ranges,” Flints said.

“The ‘Pithi Kawi – Quorn Bush Tucker Trail’ story focuses on the arid lands, gorges and peaks and the evolution of edible, useful and delicious plants of the dry far north to survive in extreme conditions, such as the intriguing quandong and ruby saltbush.

“The future sci-fi story reveals the 3175AD ‘Quorn Bush-Foods Cook-Off’ where Talie records a behind-the-scenes video and interactions with local celebrity chef Razz highlight their different backgrounds.  An exciting street party brings contestants and town residents together to enjoy the great bush food flavours of the Flinders Ranges.”

Flints said the light shows are free and family friendly.

The light shows are part of Constellation, a collaboration between projection arts pioneers Illuminart, South Australian regional councils and Arts SA.

Illuminart specialises in light projection art projects and was the team behind Travelling Light in 2019.

This year their shows are along South Australia’s regional silo art trail, with participating towns including Quorn, Wallaroo, Port Pirie, Karoonda and Barmera.

Each town’s light shows will present unique science-based stories that connect to the next region on the trail.

The participating towns along the trail are also hosting science-related events that link the stories for National Science Week, such as a walking tour on Goyder’s Line that explores the line’s agriculture, environment, and history as well as an educational train ride on the Pichi Pichi Railway.

“Families, schools or other groups can enjoy learning about each region they visit on the wider Constellation trail,” Flints said.

The trail extends to the Andamooka Observatory, with its show “Aliens Amongst Us: Cephalopods Theme Stargazing & Opal Noodling” being a hands-on learning tour about the town’s opal mining and astronomy.

One show in Port Pirie’s Projection Park is called “Bridge to Somewhere” and makes Port Pirie a tourist portal to the galaxy and has all sorts of alien life visiting Port Pirie for intergalactic holidays.

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