Victoria’s Wimmera-Mallee region is set to become Australia’s largest outdoor gallery with a Silo Art Trail stretching 200kms and linking to some of Victoria’s smallest towns. Witness the innovative art project that sees renowned street artists from Australia and across the globe transforming silos into giant works of art.
The trail brings together internationally recognised street artists – Julia Volchkova, Guido van Helten, Fintan Magee, Matt Adnate, Kaff-eine and Rone – and takes in six of Victoria’s smallest towns. Murals in Sheep Hills, Brim, Patchewollock and Rupanyup are already complete, while new works by Kaff-eine and Rone are planned for Lascelles and Rosebery.
Below are the names of each Silo Art trail:
Travel on to the small rural town of Brim and see Guido van Helten’s famous ‘Farmer Quartet’. Located on the Henty Highway and stretching out across all four of the Brim silos, this massive mural was painted in 2015 as a tribute to the drought-stricken farming community. Created in van Helten’s famous monochromatic photo-realistic style, the mural instantly became a regional landmark and provided the inspiration for The Silo Art Trail project.
With your journey along The Silo Art Trail at Rupanyup, look up at the monochrome mural created by Russian artist Julia Volchkova on huge metal grain storage bins – a work that was inspired by the local Rupanyup Panthers Football and Netball Club. Known the world over for her moving portraits, Volchkova is actively involved in the global street art movement and her work can be found in Russia, Indonesia, Malaysia and now Australia.
Sheep Hills Silo
Stop off on your trip along at Sheep Hills and see the huge mural by Adnate – an internationally renowned artist, famous for his work with Aboriginal communities across Australia. Completed in December 2016 and spread across all six siloes, the work consists of four indigenous faces watching over the tiny community of Sheep Hills; with a starry background that has a symbolic significance to the local people.
End your journey along Victoria’s Silo Art Trail at Patchewollock – population 250 – and marvel at the work of Brisbane-based street art Fintan Magee, sometimes referred to as ‘Australia’s Banksy’. Painted over a couple of weeks in October 2016, the giant mural depicts local sheep and grain farmer, Nick ‘Noddle’ Hulland, chosen for his ‘classic farmer looks’ and his strong connection to the farming community.
More than 100 years Victoria’s towering wheat silos have defined the state’s rural landscape. Thanks to Brisbane street artist Guido Van Helten who started his famous ‘Farmer Quartet’ on the Brim silos in 2015 which then captured the imagination of the town and inspired The Silo Art Trail project.
For more information on Silo Art Trails, please visit http://www.siloarttrail.com/.