THE excitement of the unveiling of the art on the Brim silos has continued, with the announcement of the creation of a silo art trail to be completed in 2017.
Patchewollock is the latest small centre to have a mural completed on its silo and it is hoped that it will continue to draw the interested public to view it.
The initiative is the culmination of state, federal and local government funding.
In all, it will see the creation of five new silo artworks which will border GrainCorp’s Brim Silo, a 30-metre high artwork which has attracted thousands of visitors to Brim each month since it was launched in January.
Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley has announced $200,000 in Victorian Government support towards the project, which will see renowned street artists transform grain silos in six small towns.
This funding will be further supported by $250,000 Australian government funding via the Drought Communities program.
GrainCorp will provide an additional five silos to be used as canvasses for the giant murals as part of their support over the first five years of the project, which is valued at approximately $200,000.
“The Silo Art Trail is a ground-breaking project and an example of how creativity can revitalise a region and shape a new future for a community,” Mr Foley said.
“The Brim Silo put Brim on the map, bringing in thousands of tourists to the town. This new project will spread the benefits across the region and showcase why Victoria is the creative state.”
Yarriambiack Shire Mayor Cr Ray Kingston said he was incredibly excited about the economic opportunities the Silo Art Trail would bring to the whole region.
“But, personally, I think it’s also fantastic, and refreshing, to see our rural communities recognised and celebrated in such a positive and culturally interesting way,” he said.
“I couldn’t be more grateful to the people of Brim. They took an enormous step into the unknown by grabbing a pretty strange opportunity with both hands and it put the Yarriambiack Shire Council on the map.”
Led by the Yarriambiack Shire Council in partnership with Melbourne street art company Juddy Roller and Creative Director Shaun Hossack, the project will see internationally renowned street artists working closely with community members to create large-scale silo artworks that reflect, or tell a story of, the local community.
Victorian artists including Rone and Adnate will be part of the project, alongside Russian artist Julia Volchkova and and a yet to be revealed secret Australian artist.
The silo in Patchewollock, painted by street artist Fintan Magee, depicted local, Nick “Noodle” Hulland.
Hulland, a local sheep and grain farmer has lived in Patchewollock his entire life. After meeting the local, Magee chose to depict him due his connection to the agricultural aspects of the region, his heritage and standing in the community.
The remaining silos will be painted one by one in the months ahead, with the full trail expected to be launched in mid-2017.
The complete silo trail will include locations in Brim, Patchewollock, Lascelles, Roseberry, Sheep Hills and Rupanyup.