The area is under incredible economic stress and the Silo Art Trail project has started to breathe new life into the small towns struggling to survive. Brisbane street artist Guido Van Helten painted his famous Farmer Quartet on the Brim silos in 2015 and from this the Silo Art Trail project was born.
We are going to start in the south at Rupanyup where the silo was painted by Julia Volchkova, a Russian street artist (born in the city of Nizhnevartovsk in Siberia) who said she wanted to bring a little femininity to the project.
In Rosebery, the next town up the Henty Highway, work is still under way. But Melbourne Street artist Kaff-eine has made a start and she will be very busy as she has five silos to paint.So far, Kaff-eine has decided to paint images of people and animals to emphasise the relationship between us and the land. She has painted a man with a horse on one silo, and an image of a woman is starting to take shape on the second silo. She also wants to introduce a little more colour than has been used on some of the other silos.
Check out this site were you can see the cement silo up very close and see just how incredible the painting is. You can also get an idea of the scale of the artworks through the comparison of the boom lift that Rone is standing in to reach the silos.
If you do the trek you could start in Geelong and then travel north to visit the silos along the Henty Highway. I'll definitely being doing this trail sometime in the near future.
Importantly the Federal, State and Local Governments have all helped fund this massive creative enterprise which is breathing new life into our rural communities in Western Victoria. Hooray!!
Of course we’re not the only state to have painted silos. I know most of the other Australian states also have some. But these are unique as they are so close together up a stretch of road.
And there must be some in USA and Canada though I haven’t located any images as yet. But tomorrow we are off to USA to visit the Hudson River School Art Trail, New York and learn a little more about American painters.
If you're interested in doing the Silo Art Trail check out these sites.