Mega art finds a home in Ravensthorpe’s Farm Gate Art Trail with giant echidna, massive bull

If you’re driving the wheatbelt route into the town of Ravensthorpe on WA’s remote south coast, there’s a good chance you’ll spot a 2-metre-tall echidna and a bull as tall as a truck.

It sits about 20 kilometres out of town, with spines spiking high atop a bulbous body and two beady eyes peering out from behind a silver nose.

“We call it I-Chid-You-Not,” its creator Cat Tink said, who built the massive marsupial using old trampoline and car parts.

Mega artwork dots the region

I-Chid-You-Not is one of several larger-than-life landmarks dotted around this isolated community on the road to Esperance.

Here, deep in farming country, a half-day’s drive from Perth and in the shadow of the Ravensthorpe Range, you might expect you are more likely to see kangaroos than quirky crafts.

But sights like an a giant echidna or a two-storey watering can are not as rare as hen’s teeth in this community.

Sights like a two-storey watering can can be found along the trail.(Supplied: Sue Leighton)

There is also a rusted bull as tall as a truck and a teapot the size of a water tank.

These are just a sample of the 15 new works on the Farm Gate Art Trail, a tourist route through a region so dominated by farming that stations can stretch from horizon to horizon.

It is hoped the art trail, created by local families, helps Ravensthorpe become more than just a pit-stop for travellers driving through the region.

"Pa-bull Picasso" is made out of recycled metal
Sue Leighton hopes works like “Pa-bull Picasso” help Ravensthorpe become more than just a pit-stop town.(Supplied: Sue Leighton)

Community plans ‘interactive’ online tour

As a small town, nearly three hours drive from Albany, Ravensthorpe does not get many tourists.

Sue Leighton manages the Farm Gate Art Trail and is preparing to launch an online self-guided tour of the trail.

She hopes the quirky attractions might help bring some more visitors to town and says with the guided tour, plus extra upcoming works, visitors might choose to spend more time exploring the region.

A musical art display made out of an old staircase
Ravensthorpe locals are pinning their hopes on the art trail raising visitor interest in the region.(Supplied: Sue Leighton)

“You can spend your time ducking down from one length [of the trail] to another, then you might go to the beach and have a look there, or go into the Fitzgerald National Park,” Ms Leighton said.

Only time will tell whether the art trail consistently generates the extra tourism the town is hoping for, but there has been promising signs.

“A lot of people are stopping,” she said.

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