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Support for GV silo state

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October 24, 2017

Artist: TANK painted several of the murals.

Victoria has the ability to become a state of silo art and put small towns and regions on the international stage, according to artist Tank.

Tank, who is the artist in residence for Shepparton’s Mooving Art installation, said the success of the Silo Art Trail showed that silo art was a ‘‘tried and tested way’’ to bring tourism to a region and something the Goulburn Valley could embrace.

‘‘It’s an awesome idea. It would definitely join in with the rest of Victoria and to have such a state-wide tourist attraction going on that we could join into is an awesome opportunity to get some more tourists and brighten up the region,’’ he said.

‘‘What I’ve seen that seems to be popular is the big portraits of local people and hats off to those guys, it’s incredible art.’’

Although the 30m tall portraits have become synonymous with the Wimmera Mallee’s trail, Tank said he thought there was opportunity to give any potential silos in the Goulburn Valley region a different feel.

‘‘I’d love to see some different styles of art on silos, just to mix it up. There’s lots of different things even outside of portraits,’’ he said.

‘‘We could take out the idea and still do something unique to our spot and our artists and unique to their silo and region.’’

With landscapes and local animals some of the suggested ideas from locals, Tank said a bird had the potential to create an eye-catching silo, yet it would come down to what local towns would like to see created.

Ultimately, Tank said it would be a wonderful project.

‘‘It’s tried and proven that people will go out and see the art. It’s a great start to promote our region and put smaller towns on the map,’’ he said.

‘‘I’m very positive towards the idea of getting any art in the region, but especially well thought out and considered art within communities to bring some good to the region.’’

■Would you like to see a silo painted in your town? If you have any questions, or simply an idea, phone Alana Christensen on 5820 3237 or email: alana.christensen@sheppnews.com.au

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