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Wimmera-Mallee silo art project attracting Australia’s best street artists

Wimmera-Mallee silo art project attracting Australia’s best street artists

Story source: The Weekly Advertiser. By DEAN LAWSON

The Melbourne agency in charge of creating the ‘world’s largest art gallery’ on grain silos across the Wimmera-Mallee hopes to announce the first two artists for the project by the middle of August.

Shaun Hossack, creative director of Australian street-art agency Juddy Roller, said the project had attracted an enthusiastic response from Australia’s ‘best of the best’ street artists.

“It seems as if everyone involved in this highly specialised art field wants to be involved – the stars,” he said.

The Yarriambiack Shire Silo Art Trail project involves internationally renowned artists painting giant murals on five silos from Rupanyup in the south to Patchewollock in the north.

The trail will include silos painted by Guido Van Helten at Brim, which has for several months attracted tourists to the tiny settlement north of Warracknabeal.

Mr Hossack said the widespread response to the development was significant and far-reaching.

“There’s been a great response from all the street-art community but we’re also getting calls and emails from people all over the country,” he said.

“People can see the value of the project and want to explore it themselves. In some cases they simply don’t understand how complex it is to paint a 10 to 15-storey mural or how much it costs.

“This is a highly specialised area of expertise and in truth there are only 10 to 15 artists at a maximum in Australia capable of doing this type of work on this type of scale. We still have to be selective in the artists we commission.

“We can’t just pick our favourites. It is a matter of choosing artists capable of producing work that is more than a simple tourism attraction or something they simply want to paint.

“It also has to appropriately reflect each of the respective communities.”

Silos at Sheep Hills, between Warracknabeal and Minyip, and Rosebery, between Hopetoun and Beulah, are earmarked as sites for the next giant artworks.For full story, see the July 27, 2016 edition of The Weekly Advertiser.