For more than a hundred years, grain silos doting the plains across the Wimmera-Mallee region of Victoria, Australia, have defined the state’s rural landscape. Now these grain towers will provide a new aesthetic as they are transformed into enormous works of art paying tribute to the regions’ farmers.
In December 2015, Brisbane street artist Guido Van Helten created a gigantic mural spread across four disused silos in the town of Brim, capturing the imagination of the town and inspiring a new project to create a “silo art trail” featuring murals painted on silos throughout Victoria’s north-west. When completed sometime this year, the trail will cover 200 km connecting six small farming communities across the Wimmera-Mallee. The project, which is being touted as the country’s biggest outdoor gallery, is expected to draw thousands of tourists which should help the local economy and boost the morale of the communities hit hard by drought.