Living in a regional community, we both know the challenges that local businesses and local communities can face. How can you attract more people to the town live or even visit? In 2015 the Yarriambiack Shire in the Wimmera/Mallee region of North West Victoria came up with a fantastic solution to bring more people to the area. That is the Silo Art Trail.
THE SILO ART TRAIL MAP
The silo art project commenced in December 2015 at Brim and is now complete with the final silo at Rosebery completed in 2018. The countries biggest outdoor gallery is a 200km journey. The silo locations are Patchewollock Lascelles, Rosbery, Brim, Sheep Hills and Rupanyup. All the painted silos have been strategically selected to ensure visitors to the township have the opportunity to engage with the communities surrounding them.
Driving Distance between each Silo;
Rupanyup to Sheep Hills: 25 minutes
Sheep Hills to Brim: 25 minutes
Brim to Rosebery: 20 minutes
Rosebery to Lascelles: 25 minutes
Lascelles to Patchewollock: 35 minutes
THE ACCREDITED STREET ARTISTS OF THE SILO ART TRAIL
Street artist Guido Van Helten created his famous ‘Farmer Quartet’ on the Brim silos in 2015, it captured the imagination of the town and inspired The Silo Art Trail project. The trail brings together internationally recognised and accredited street artists, Julia Volchkova, Guido van Helten, Fintan Magee, Matt Adnate, Kaff-eine and Rone. All silos are mind-blowing and the silo artwork is not to missed on your travels in Victoria. “Quoted directly from Silo Art Trail website”
WHO ARE THE FACES OF THE SILO ART TRAIL?
Becoming a part of history in your community is something you can only dream of. The lucky individuals who are the faces on the Silo Art Trail all have connections to their respective townships. Some are aboriginal elders, some young local children and some are fourth generation farmers. They say home is where the heart is and it is for these individuals, the face will imprinted on these silos for the future. What a life achievement for them.
THE LIFE OF A GRAIN SILO
The silos in these communities were formally used for the storage of grain during the harvest period and are very defined in the rural landscape of regional Victoria. However with many decommissioned grain silos in the area, this is giving the community alternatives on how to use them.
Grain silos are now being used in many other different ways not only for Silo Art, there is Silo Cinema at Quambatook. Or even Graincorp light up for Road Trauma. Either way, it’s an innovative idea to encourage tourism to townships. During late December 2017, the Brim Silos had solar lights installed, which means you can capture the Brim Silos 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Magnificent!
SILO ART TRAIL ACCOMODATION OPTIONS
The first decision to make is what type of accommodation do you want, there is various types of accomodation along the Silo Art Trail. The crew at Wimmera Mallee Tourism have an awesome detailed list of all accommodation options available in the Wimmera/Mallee of Victoria. Click here to see their list.
Whist you could do the trail in a day, we recommend taking your time to visit the nearby towns and attractions.
Prefer to Camp – for free or low cost and caravan park options, we highly recommend Wikicamps to find suitable camping options along the trail.
Looking for a Holiday Rental– If your looking for Holiday Rentals, Airbnb may be available in some of the townships (join on this link and receive some free credit) and check out the nearby townships.
WANT TO KNOW MORE?
To stay up to date with the happenings of the Silo Art in Victoria and the local townships that surround them, the below Facebook pages are a great reference point.
The Silo Artwork is fantastic, we have been quite blessed as one of our photos that we took of the Sheep Hills Silos, was printed and is the key focus point in a local cafe in Warracknabeal. Check out Cafe Pharamacino to see our amazing picture!
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