Welcome to another Weekend Wanderings, today we are going to look more closely at the Silo Art Trail. In the past I have shown you photos of the silos that they are painting up in the Wimmera/Mallee areas where my mother lives. It is all part of getting people up there and so far it seems to be working. The idea is to create a Silo Art Trail.
They have completed all of them now, however, I’ve only seen four, but will be up that way again soon to do the other two.
Weekend Wanderings: Silo Art Trail
Let’s take a look at the ones done so far. I have been to four of the six, as I get the others this page will be updated.
These silos were completed about 12 months ago and were painted by the artist Guido van Helten, from Queensland. The four figures on the silos are local people.
They have been very popular and there always seems to be people stopping to take a look at them.
Fintan Magee painted the portrait of local Nick Hulland on the Patchewollock silo. This is a small town on the way to no where really, but it has some great things in it to photograph and I love going there.
You could be mistaken for missing Sheep Hills, there is almost nothing there, especially no public amenities, however it is where the last lot of silos were painted. For these Melbourne street artist Adnate was commissioned to produce some portraits on it. Adnate does a lot of indigenous portraits around Melbourne and anyone who loves street art knows his work. I was lucky and got to meet him a couple of times.
The last one that I was able to photograph was the one at Lascelles. It is a strange one as they have painted both ends, so you can’t get them all in one image, but have to take two. Of course, they gave the image of the man the best side. Whereas his wife is around the back on the messy side. It is quite strange how they were done. I couldn’t get a good one of the woman, so she will have to try again next time I am there.
Two remaining silos
Another two were commissioned, and have been completed. I don’t know who the artists will, but I do know which ones they are going to paint. The other two were painted in Rupanyup and Rosebery. Hopefully I will get up there soon to see the complete silos. Once I have, I will add them here.
To finish off here is a map of Victoria and you can see where the Wimmera and Mallee are.