The Coonalpyn Silo Mural by Brisbane based, international street artist Guido van Helten features local school children from the small country town of Coonalpyn on the Dukes Highway in South Australia. The five kids were aged from 5 to 9 at the time the project was completed – in order of appearance on the silo, left to right: Ciara 9, Blake 6, Reef 5, Kiarah 6 and Macey 5.
The theme of the mural is ” Hope for the Future ” – Coonalpyn was hit hard by the lengthy drought that gripped Australia and the Global Financial Crisis of 2007/8. Many business and people left the town, a community based regional art recovery plan was kicked off with the creation of “Creating Coonalpyn“.
The silo mural is part of the plan to reinvigorate town spaces with art that illustrates the stories, history and fabric of the town. 200 cans of spray paint, plus acrylic paint applied by brush and airbrush were required to complete the 30 metre high mural over a 6 week period from February to March 2017!
If you are travelling along the Dukes Highway then you just have to make this stop – there is a good café just across the road too. Then head on over to Victoria and check out the Wimmera-Mallee Silo Art Trail including the other silo project by Guido van Helten in Brim.