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May 20th, 2019 by admin

Street art given regional twist on grain silos

People like art. They seek it out, travel long distances to see it and revel in its creativity. Itsexpression of the human condition is relatable, leading the individual to reflect on their own space inthe universe.
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This is evident in the crowds attending big name exhibitions in our capital cities and the tourism builtaround such events.

The realisation that art can exist in the public domain rather than in columned mausoleums has itsown immediate appeal. When it appears on enormous canvases in a small Victorian Wimmeratownship, it creates an enduring buzz.

Grain production has been important to the Brim community for a long time. However, drought anda diminishing population have tested the community sorely.

The largest structures in the town are its towering decommissioned grain silos. They are symbolic ofthe community. Guido van Helten, a street artist from Brisbane, had had the idea of using a silo as acanvas upon which to depict characters of such a rural context.

Street art has long been in the precincts of urban landscapes. Lane ways and blank walled buildingshave been enlivened with colour and vibe. A few artists like the infamous Banksy have turned publicspaces into artistic statements.

Van Helton has portrayed local characters on the very structures which are most physically dominantin this town and so representative of whom they are and the work they do. This mural featuresstoic, hardworking men of the local grain industry.

They are soiled with the dust of the paddocks,the grime and sweat of their labour is ingrained into their skin. Their heads are turned slightly awayfrom the viewer. Their eyes shaded by hat brims or sunglasses. A collar is turned up against theintensity of this sun drenched clime. Shirts are ruffled and trousers creased. These are not lords ofthe manor; they are the workers, men of the land.

The size of this mural is stunning. The characters are huge in this large landscape in which paddocksrun for miles to the horizon. They cannot be ignored.

The work has created interest far beyond the township and local region. People come simply to seethis pictorial. This one big painting is generating the concept of a 200km “silo art trail”featuring murals painted on silos throughout Victoria’s north-west.

Art can be big. It can illustrate and amplify who we are to the wider world.

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