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Horsepower Highway’s colourful Dyipni a WA finalist in Australian Street Art Awards

Daniel RooneyGreat Southern Herald
Dyipni - Da King of Da Road.
Camera IconDyipni - Da King of Da Road. Credit: Florian Franco

A modified vintage tractor on the Gnowangerup Horsepower Highway, Dyipni — Da King of Da Road, is a finalist in the landmark sculpture category of the 2023 Australian Street Art Awards.

Dyipni - Da King of Da Road.
Camera IconDyipni - Da King of Da Road. Credit: Florian Franco

The sculpture, which features a substantially modified tractor painted in the blue, red, white and golden yellow colours of the Philippines flag, was made and installed on the tourist trail in 2011 by 14 members of the Gnowangerup Filipino community.

“I can say that all the Filipinos in Gnowangerup feel happy and proud that the art we created has been recognised,” Dyipni creator Florian Franco said.

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“Being in the final is a big achievement.”

Dyipnis, known for their bright and colourful designs, are a common form of public transport in Manila and are a cultural icon. The Street Art Awards seek to recognise communities that feature prominent public art displays.

“Each of the communities acknowledged through these awards have made their mark as a must-see destination for art lovers,” Australian Street Art Awards director Liz Rivers said.

“Being shortlisted in the awards further cements WA’s reputation as a wonderful place to tour for everyone who loves to discover visually stunning experiences.” Ms Rivers said.

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