Geelong Cement Works Silo Art

I am not sure what happened at the Geelong Cement Works Silo Art project – the art completed by Geelong born artist, Rone in 2017 at the old and abandoned cement works is fantastic but the official entrance to the site is padlocked and someone has simply cut a couple of other entrances in the fence and part of an inner fence has been pushed down to allow access to paint graffiti on the base of the silos! The info signage has been subject to vandalism, signage to the site is limited and mostly hidden away…

Rone Geelong Cement Works Silo Art
Geelong Cement Works Silo Art – your first glimpse of the abandoned site isn’t too inspiring! Photos taken in November 2018
Rone Geelong Cement Works Silo Art
As you follow the path to the viewing area the view soon improves of the Geelong Cement Works Silo Art – November 2018
Rone Geelong Cement Works Silo Art
Welcoming… Not! The official entrance (locked) and the unofficial entrance (a hole cut in the fence) to the Geelong Cement Works Silo Art – November 2018
Rone Geelong Cement Works Silo Art
Geelong Cement Works Silo Art by Rone – November 2018
Rone Geelong Cement Works Silo Art
A shame… The state of the place isn’t great but the art by Rone itself is fantastic! November 2018
Rone Geelong Cement Works Silo Art
Geelong Cement Works Silo Art by Rone – November 2018
Geelong Cement Works Silo Art by Rone - November 2018
Geelong Cement Works Silo Art by Rone – November 2018

The site is actually on the western outskirts of Geelong at Fyansford. I took a bit of an out of the way detour there recently. So who are the people on the silos?

Geelong Cement Works Silo Art by Rone - November 2018
Geelong Cement Works Silo Art by Rone – November 2018
Rone Geelong Cement Works Silo Art
Geelong Cement Works Silo Art by Rone – L-R: Corrina Eccles, Cor Horsten & Kelly Cartwright – November 2018

Corrina Eccles on the left represents the areas first people, the Wadawurrung and works for the Wathaurung Aboriginal Corporation. In 2017 she was awarded the First Nation’s Women of the Year award on behalf of the Greater City of Geelong. Her facial markings depict her story – 5 dots for the Kulin nation (an alliance of five Indigenous Australian tribes in south central Victoria), then on her chin, 2 dots for her children and the lower dot for her granddaughter.

Cor Horsten in the middle is a retired former employee of the cement works.  A local character who volunteers his time to various causes in his community. Described as an unsung  hero, Cor has received a Victorian Volunteer Award for his dedication. Sounds like an all round good bloke!

Kelly Cartwright represents the future of Geelong. She has overcome adversity – diagnosed with a rare and aggressive cancer at just 15, her right leg was amputated to increase her chance of survival. Since then she has undertaken extensive rehabilitation to learn to walk again and with the aid of an artificial leg, became a national athlete and represented Australia in the 2008 Beijing Paralympics, before winning a gold medal and setting a new long jump world record at the 2012 London Paralympics (the first of a number of world records she has achieved)! Kelly was awarded an Order of Australia in 2014 and spends time inspiring school students around the country.

Rone Geelong Cement Works Silo Art
Geelong Cement Works Silo Art by Rone – L-R: Corrina Eccles, Cor Horsten & Kelly Cartwright – November 2018

Although the silo art is impressive, the place isn’t very welcoming. Instead of being  a tourist drawcard like the other silo trails I have visited, it seems this one has been forgotten about less than a year after it was completed! The only people I saw there were a bunch of teenagers heading into the abandoned silos themselves. A shame really, as silo art is the latest tourist phenomena around Australia. Hopefully the local council gets it back on track…

Rone Geelong Cement Works Silo Art
The abandoned Geelong Cement Works Silo Art by Rone – November 2018
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