We had heard about the Silo Art Trail in the Victoria’s Wimmera/Mallee region it became the impetus for a great road trip via Wagga, Echuca, the Silo Art Trail, Adelaide, Burra, Broken Hill, Orange and then home. It was 4100km and we loved every minute.
The concept of transforming disused wheat silos into huge works of art to revitalise the small towns of the area was a great idea. Street artists worked on the 30 metre high silos using locals as their models and the resulting works have to be seen live to appreciate them in their entirety. We hope these photos inspire you to visit them too!
The trail is in the north-west of Victoria. It’s about 200km from Rupanyup to Patchewollock. We started in Rupanyup where Russian artist Julia Volchkova painted two young sportspeople from the Rupanyup Panthers Football and Netball Club on the giant steel grain bins.
We then continued to Sheep Hills to see the huge mural by Adnate – an internationally renowned artist, famous for his work with Aboriginal communities across Australia. Spread across six silos, the work consists of four indigenous faces watching over the tiny community of Sheep Hills The starry background has a symbolic significance to the local people.
We stayed overnight at Warracknabeal and had an amazing meal at the Creekside Hotel.
Next morning we travelled to Brim where Brisbane artist Guido van Helten had painted four generations of local farmers. This was done as a tribute to the drought-stricken farming community. As with all the silo art we were blown away by the fine detail included in the artwork.
Next stop was Rosebery where the silos were painted by Melbourne street-artist Katie Kaff-eine. She wanted to paint something with people and animals and the relationship between us and the land.
Tyrone Wright, also known as Rone, painted the Lascelles silos with portraits of fourth-generation Mallee farmers Geoff and Merrilyn Horman. The artwork used 200 litres of house paint with the surface’s coffee tones as the basis.
Patchewollock was our last stop on the trail. Here Fintan Magee chose local farmer Nick Holland as his subject for the silo art. The work also depicts a tree dying and new growth to represent the bush lifestyle.
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