Joining the silo art trail

April 14, 2018

A local shire known for its larger than life street art will soon also lay claim to the newest entrant to a silo art trail.

Painting this week began on the Devenish silo, with a massive mural set to breathe life into its historic grain silo within three weeks.

A prominent Melbourne street artist is letting loose on his towering canvas.

But exactly what shows up on the silo remains under wraps.

Once completed, the silo will then join GrainCorp’s silo art trail.

The grassroots community initiative was co-championed by local farmer Kevin Mitchell, who said he was delighted the project was coming to fruition.

‘‘The local community has supported this idea with their time and donations and we look forward to it giving a real lift to the area,’’ he said.

The artist responsible is keeping the exact concept quiet for the moment, but has said it would commemorate the ‘‘local community’s history.’’

‘‘Devenish has a strong connection to the First World War, so on the centenary of the end of the war we wanted to acknowledge the courage of this community and all service people,’’ artist Cam Scale said.

‘‘I’m excited to be spending time in Devenish over the coming weeks and getting to know the people who make this area so special,’’ the artists said of the small town 50km east of Shepparton.

‘‘It’s a beautiful part of the state and I hope the artwork provides another reason for people to visit and explore.’’

Benalla Rural City Mayor Don Firth thanked those involved in making the project a reality and said the council was happy to support the project, citing tourism and community benefits.

‘‘Being part of the Silo Art Trail is significant for Devenish and the whole of Benalla Rural City,’’ he said.

GrainCorp’s Victoria regional manager Peter Johnston said the company had seen ‘‘enormous benefit’’ brought to the host towns of the rejuvenated silos.

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