Victorian Tourism and Major Events, Sport and Veterans Minister John Eren has thrown his weight behind silo art, describing the artworks as ‘‘phenomenal’’.
In Shepparton last week to view the Aboriginal Street Art Project mural in Fryers St, Mr Eren said although he was yet to visit the Silo Art Trail in Victoria’s west which had sparked the initiative, he had marvelled at the artworks.
‘‘When you have silos looking dreadful really, to put a bit of magic, colour and culture into them is what’s magical,’’ he said.
‘‘The artwork is just phenomenal and it’s about showcasing that talent and bringing a dead wall to life.’’
While past silos have featured locals from each town and depictions of agriculture, Mr Eren said the Victorian Government was interested in promoting indigenous culture.
‘‘It brings some history to our cities and states across the nation and certainly the Aboriginal and indigenous culture is so significant for us and tourism is a huge part, and we want to grow that indigenous culture sector,’’ he said.
He said Victoria should do it better than other states and there were still many great stories to tell in relation to indigenous history.
Ultimately, following on from grants and funding that has enabled the Silo Art Trail to be completed, Mr Eren said whether a project fell under the umbrella of his own department or the department of his colleague, Creative Industries Minister Martin Foley, the government was open to exploring all artistic options.
‘‘Whether it’s the silos, whether it’s walls like this (in Shepparton), it’s about bringing something that’s normally lifeless to life ... and also introducing the wonderful artists that are involved with these paintings,’’ he said.
‘‘We’re happy as a government to look at what opportunities exist and how we can bring to life dead walls such as this and put some culture in it.’’
■Do you have a silo in your community you’d like to see utilised for art? Phone Alana Christensen on 5820 3237 or email firstname.lastname@example.org