Art potential at Dookie

July 25, 2017

Dookie Earthed Arts festival Opera in the Air performances during the day and evening by Isabel Hertaeg, Isabel sang from the top of the Dookie Silos.

Dookie Arts members Janie Christophersen, Alice Tallis and Leticia Harmer said they have previously considered making a permanent artwork at the town silo.

The silos in the heart of Dookie have seen much love and inspiration over recent years.

From opera atop the towering concrete masses to projections upon their expansive faces, the Dookie arts community has drawn inspiration from the decommissioned grain silos.

As silo art has sprung up across the state and country, a number of members of the group have looked on with interest and said they believed there was potential for a more permanent art installation upon the silos, should the community get behind the idea.

Dookie Arts member Janie Christophersen said she had enjoyed seeing the creations that had appeared across the country.

‘‘I think it’s a great idea,’’ she said.

‘‘Utilising the silos for art has always been on our radar, we’ve already projected onto the sides of them. I think it is something that could engage the community if it was something they’d like to see happen.

‘‘It would need to be a big conversation and ensure that the heritage and history of the silos were recognised and protected.’’

Dookie Arts member Alice Tallis said the group had discussed the idea of silo art in the past and she believed it would be a great asset for the town, should the community get behind the larger-than-life artwork.

‘‘We’ve had opera, we’ve had lots of things that utilise the silos,’’ she said.

‘‘Community consultation is key at the end of the day, it’s got to be a commitment through the community but there’s certainly lots of inspiration.’’

The group believes that great success could be found in the Goulburn Valley region through a number of communities coming together to create a trail that locals and tourists can explore.

Having explored examples of silo art in other regional communities, Dookie Arts member Leiticia Harmer said she was encouraged by the number of tourists who had engaged with the concept, and believed there could be a number of different ways to combine artwork and the original silo surface to create a contrast or allow for projections.

With the booming Wall to Wall festival operating in Benalla and with art installations at Goorambat and Winton Wetlands, the group said there was plenty of innovative art and silos surrounding them.

Serana Hunt, who is also a member of the group, said the success of street art in Benalla had been a great way to bring elements of the city and country together.

‘‘It’s nice to have the silos as they are but if you can introduce art onto them I think it’s a great idea ... there’s remarkable street art images on the silos (in the Wimmera-Mallee region),’’ she said.

‘‘It’s a really innovative way to bring two cultures together.’’

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