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Artist is eager to paint silos

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October 17, 2017

Echuca artist Paul Gamble would love to see the town's silo painted. He has suggested a kookaburra (above left) could be one idea considered for the silo.

A kookaburra created by Echuca artist Paul Gamble.

He has painted artworks of Australian flora and fauna, cultural icons such as Vegemite and Victorian Bitter beer, and now Echuca artist Paul Gamble said he would love to tackle a silo.

Inspired by the Silo Art Trail in Victoria’s west, and local discussion about replicating the idea, Mr Gamble said it was something he would love to see happen.

‘‘I would just love to paint a silo because it’s there to be painted. It benefits the physique of the community and the individual. It gives them ownership and dialogue to have their say,’’ he said.

‘‘(It would help) get them to feel proud of their town. We already have millions coming through tourism, but this could really put Echuca on the map.

‘‘I think it’s a worthwhile project, for sure.’’

With more than 25 years of experience as an artist, Mr Gamble has worked as a community cultural development artist and project managed for the National Gallery of Australia — ‘‘anything and everything’’ as he describes it.

With plenty of ideas of what could be painted on the silos, including kookaburras and a kangaroo, Mr Gamble said at the end of the day it would need to be a community conversation and decision.

Whether it’s the silos at Echuca, or those further afield in Elmore, Mr Gamble said he would be happy to put his hands up to transform any and every silo.

‘‘Whenever I talk to people about the other silos that have been painted they say we should do that here,’’ he said.

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