Travelling away from the highways and freeways to the small places where the pace of life is slower and things are just a bit different, and more interesting is one of our goals for this road trip. We set off on a mini road trip to look at the grain silo art.
As we drove around the district, we discovered that grain silos are a dime a dozen. They are everywhere. The Wimmera region in Victoria is one of the richest grain growing regions in Australia, hence the need for all the silos.
The artist of this piece of silo art is the step Mum of these kids. It has been taken from a photo of when they were a bit younger.
So the story that we have been told goes. Their Mum died when they were younger and their lovely and reliable babysitter continued to help out. Love blossomed with the children's Dad, and the rest they say is history.
These grain silo's are in the tiny town of Rupanyup. We were told not to miss the mural of the fireman in town, but to be honest after the silo art it didn't come into the same category.
These works haven't been completed yet but are looking great. It's the eyes for me. The artist, Julia Volchkova has captured them beautifully.
The next silo we visited is at Sheep Hill (we didn't notice a hill in this undulating landscaping). Again, for me, it was the eyes. This time, the reflections in the eyes of the models have been included in the artwork. International artist, Adnate has painted this silo piece. There is so much in this piece of work, it needed some time to study from different angles.
Between Rupanyup and Sheep Hills we stopped for lunch in "Coopers Crossing" (the town in the Flying Doctors TV series. The town is rightfully known as Minyip, population 667. Also in Minyip is a monument to honour William Farrer, an agromomist and plant breeder who is best remembered for his Federation strain of wheat which resulted in better quality and yields of the Australian wheat harvest.
The third silo we visited was the original, in the little town of Brim. This 30m high mural was painted by Guido van Helton, and taking the internet by storm it really put the Brim on the map.
The thing that blew us away with all the silo art is the detail and accurate proportions of the work, especially as the canvas is not flat, but round with taps and plates and other working paraphernalia on the silos. This piece was based on four representatives of the community - different ages, one woman, three men, all hard grafters in a small rural community.
Silo art is on a 200km trail. We haven't been to all of the silos (yet). This fourth piece we accidentally came across several days later in the small village of Coonalpyn in South Australia.
One of the wonderful things about the silo art is the interest in art that sprouts up in the community.
In Coonalpyn, on the Dukes highway, Guido van Helten is transforming four silos into a work of art with paintings of local children. van Helten said the children represent the future of the town.
Beside the carpark is a walkway titled "Tunel Vision" where local families and artists have created murals also worth seeing.
When the early settlers arrived in Australia to create their new lives, the community often centered around church life and school life. This is one of the many murals in the Tunnel Vision at Coonalpyn.
When you visit, you must try the waffles freshly made, just across the road from the carpark. Or visit the local cafe just along the road. Both of these businesses have started after the artwork began.
There was an accident in Coonalpyn just after we left, so take the time to pull over, have a break and enjoy the artworks safely, and support the rural townships.
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