21 October 2016
The silos of Victoria's Wimmera-Mallee region are set to become giant canvases in an exciting new art project – the Silo Art Trail.
Supported through a $200,000 Creative Victoria grant, the trail will stretch 200kms and will link six of our state's smallest towns to form Australia's largest outdoor gallery. The idea for the trail began in January with the launch of the Brim Silo, a 30m high artwork which has since attracted 1000s of visitors to Brim each month.
North of Brim, the disused grain silos in Patchewollock, Lascelles and Roseberry will be transformed; and to the south, Sheep Hills and Rupanyup will each welcome new artworks. The remaining five silos will be painted one by one in the months ahead with the full trail expected to be launched in mid-2017.
Led by the Yarriambiack Shire Council in partnership with Melbourne street art company Juddy Roller and Creative Director Shaun Hossack, the project will see artists working closely with community members including Traditional Owners to create large-scale silo artworks that reflect, or tell a story of, the local community.
The first silo in
Patchewollock is now underway with street artist Fintan Magee. Victorian street
artists including Rone and Adnate will be part of the project, alongside
Russian artist Julia Volchkova, with more artists to be announced.
Each silo is expected to take approximately 14 days to paint. In addition to having the skills to undertake large-scale projects, the selected artists are required to hold specialist high risk machinery licences which enable them to work at the vast heights of the silos.