Brim Silo Art – The Wimmera’s Artistic Masterpiece!

Brisbane based artist Guido van Helten has given a huge boost to the lifeblood of the tiny north Wimmera farming town of Brim with a population of just 100 people. He has created an amazing, massive and impressive 30 metre x 30 metre mural of 4 local farmers on the towns decommissioned grain silos!

The finished Brim silo art mural! January 6th, 2016
The finished Brim silo art mural! January 6th, 2016

This grand mural which depicts 3 local men and 1 woman (she is the third farmer – their identities have been kept secret but naturally locals know who they are!) was completed in an incredibly fast time of just 3 weeks with only Guido working on it (he started on December 14, 2015 and the mural was completed on January 5th, 2016).  He completed the project atop the regions biggest cherry picker with spray paint and acrylic house paint in very hot (30-40+ Celsius temps!), dusty and windy conditions in the middle of summer!

I have been going up there since I first heard of the project. My first visit was just after the first farmer had been completed and I made a couple of other visits to see the progress of the mural with my last trip being a day after it was completed.

Brim Silo Art December 22 2015 Wimmera Victoria Australia
The Brim silos on December 22nd, 2015. Note: there is a different face on there. Apparently this one just wasn’t working out and was replaced (it was actually scrubbed off the same day)
The Brim silos on January 2nd, 2016 Brim Silo Art Guido van Helten
The Brim silos on January 2nd, 2016
Guido van Helten Brim Silo Art
Brim silo comparison from December 22nd, 2015 to January 2nd, 2016 – fast progress!
Guido van Helten working hard on the Brim silos on January 2nd, 2016
Guido van Helten working hard on the Brim silos on January 2nd, 2016
The last farmer takes shape as Guido van Helten closes in on completion of the Brim Silos on January 2nd, 2016
The last farmer takes shape as Guido van Helten closes in on completion of the Brim silos on January 2nd, 2016
The final farmer on the Brim silo art mural was completed by Guido van Helten on January 5th, 2016
The final farmer on the Brim silo art mural was completed by Guido van Helten on January 5th, 2016 (photos taken January 6th, 2016)

Now I have to admit I had not been to Brim for years but this project peaked my curiosity and given the number of cars and people there each time I arrived, I was not alone! Word of mouth, along with local and national media coverage on TV, radio, newspapers and online has spread the news and people have come far and wide from across Australia to see the progress of the mural and the finished project. Brim and surrounding towns have benefitted from all the extra curious, thirsty and hungry people about who are bringing new trade to the region!

Brim silo art Wimmera Victoria
The two gentlemen standing below the silos give you a good idea of the scale of the mural

There are so many people stopping in Brim that traffic appears to have started to get out of hand. In early January 2016, traffic management signs and barriers needed to be put on the Henty Highway to prevent vehicles parking on the highway shoulder to avoid accidents!

Traffic management in place at Brim on January 6th, 2016
Traffic management in place at Brim on January 6th, 2016
There were plenty of vehicles and people stopping to look at the Brim silo art on January 6th, 2016!
There were plenty of vehicles and people stopping to look at the Brim silo art on January 6th, 2016!

The project was financially supported by the Brim Active Community Group, Yarriambiack Shire, Regional Arts Victoria, Taubmans and Loops Paints and others. Guido van Helten has completed other large-scale projects across the world, all of which are spectacular but the country setting and location of Brim makes these special and well worth a stop or detour on a road trip (check out some of his other work on his website).

Snapshots of Brim Wimmera victoria
Snapshots of Brim

Stop in town for some food and a drink too (check out the pub or general store). In a time of drought and economic hardship, they will appreciate the business!

Brim can be found on the Henty Highway in the northern Wimmera region of Victoria, Australia
Brim can be found on the Henty Highway in the northern Wimmera region of Victoria, Australia

Some of the media about the Brim Silo Art mural:

ABC Rural – Brim silo artwork: the tall tales and colourful characters behind Guido van Helten’s paintings

Brim Silo Art Facebook Page

The Age – Tiny Wimmera town brimful of pride over Guido van Helten mural

The Australian – Guido van Helten’s mural stands tall in Victoria’s Brim

The Weekly Times – Painting Brim’s grain silo’s solo a tall order for Guido van Helten

The Wimmera Mail Times – Brim silos: painting finished

The Wimmera Mail Times – Brim silos: business reaps benefits

And don’t miss this drone view video!

 

 

 

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Tom Crawford says:

    Another gift to the planet!

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