Valley Gallery

Devenish silo given $12000 boost for artwork

By Alana Christensen

GrainCorp’s Devenish silo has received a boost with the Victorian Government contributing $12000 towards the painting of the silo art and the erection of signage at the site.

Painted by Melbourne artist Cam Scale, the towering structure depicts a World War I nurse and a modern-day combat medic in recognition of the war efforts of women and the local Devenish community to WWI.

Victorian Veterans’ Minister John Eren said it was important to recognise local projects such as the silo art and the sacrifices service men and women had made and continued to make.

The funding comes after more than 2500 visitors have travelled to the small town following the April 24 unveiling.

Devenish farmer Kevin Mitchell, who led the community effort to paint the silos, said he was overwhelmed by the contributions of sponsors and the amount of people who had travelled to see the silo.

‘‘As a small community, we couldn’t do this project on our own. The support we have received means we now have this lasting and fitting tribute to our service women,’’ Mr Mitchell said.

Benalla Rural City Mayor Don Firth said projects such as silo art had the potential to transform towns, and the support for the silo projects had been overwhelming.

‘‘As both a tribute to our service women and as a tourism attraction, the Devenish silo art is working hard to deliver benefit for north-east Victoria on a number of fronts,’’ Cr Firth said.

‘‘We’ve been overwhelmed and incredibly excited by the popularity of the Silo Art Trail project. We’ve seen first-hand how these projects can transform regional towns.’’