Grain silos are a familiar sight dotted on the horizon across the plains of the Wimmera-Mallee region of Victoria, Australia. At the start of 2015 I posted about the silo art project in the small farming community of Brim. Brisbane based street artist Guido van Helten created a huge 30 metre high masterpiece mural there of four district farmers on the GrainCorp silo and it instantly became a major tourist attraction!
Fast forward to 2017 and the region now has what is known as the Silo Art Trail, that when completed will cover 200km to link six small country towns across the Wimmera-Mallee. The project has been funded by the federal, state and local governments via the Drought Communities program to engage world renown street artists to create large works that speak directly to the people and place of each silo location. All the silos have been made available by GrainCorp.
Sheep Hills with a massive colourful mural depicting Indigenous Australian culture and knowledge and the 35 metre high Patchewollock silo with an image of a local farmer Nick Hulland have joined the Brim silo (apparently he was teased relentlessly by locals when his likeness went up! All good-natured no doubt!). Rupanyup will soon follow and during 2017 other projects at silos in Roseberry and Lascelles will be painted to complete the Silo Art Trail. I am back visiting my old home region at the moment so I hit the road earlier today to check the completed murals out and so far they all look fantastic!
Victorian artist Adnate completed the silo project at Sheep Hills (the design was created with the aid of the Barengi Gadlin Land Council) and Fintan Magee completed the one in Patchewollock (don’t miss the big corrugated iron Mallee Fowls nearby!). Russian artist Julia Woolf Volchkova will complete the Rupanyup silo, Victorian artist Rone and an as yet secret Australian artist will complete the remaining silos.
So please get out there and hit the Silo Art Trail to explore these small towns and the surrounding locations (your support in local businesses will be greatly appreciated too!). You wont regret it as the murals are huge and something that really needs to be seen in person to fully appreciate!