Valley Gallery potential

July 18, 2017

Silo art . . . The Patchewollock silo, 140 km south of Mildura, by artist Fintan Magee, is one of the six silos to make up the Silo Art Trail in the state’s west.

Loddon Shire mayor Neil Beattie believes there could be the potential for a silo art trail stretching across Victoria, should communities, artists and councils be interested in the idea.

Mr Beattie said there was potential to work with a number of councils and communities, ultimately joining with the art trail in the west of the state and stretching it to localities further north, such as Shepparton.

‘‘The trail could be quite long ... They have a theme of working people (in the west of the state), maybe as you move across the state you could change the theme to match the environment and progress into irrigation and lakes, and then fruit and dairy,’’ he said.

The concept of transforming silos into works of art has generated discussion among local communities, with the Wimmera-Mallee region’s six-silo art trail prompting many to consider whether their own silos could be transformed.

Jo-anne Smythe, who now lives in Mulwala, but grew up in Tungamah, raised the idea of silo art last year on the Tungamah history Facebook page.

She believes the Tungamah community should put together a proposal to get a grant for artists to work on the Tungamah silos.

She suggests the theme could pay tribute to our once rich and always hardworking farming families, and to the history of the area by depicting the story and the historical importance of the town and the surrounding area.

‘‘Maybe if there was a lot of interest from visitors coming to the area to see such a mural, Tungamah could even investigate some further tourism options to bring some business life and possibly jobs back to the town, such as becoming a base for tourists to do their day trips from,’’ Ms Smythe said.

The Tungamah silos are now privately owned.

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