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!
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.
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!
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!
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).
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!
Some of the media about the Brim Silo Art mural:
And don’t miss this drone view video!