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Victoria's Silo Arts Trail

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by Ian Gill (subscribe)
I'm a Victorian freelance writer & photographer living in the Macedon Ranges north of Melbourne.
Published December 4th 2017
The Longest Gallery
Everywhere you look in Victoria's Wimmera-Malle districts they're dotted at intervals along mile after mile of railway line, inevitably the first thing you see as you near the next tiny outpost of civilisation in this vast and flat grain growing region. They're grain silos, two, three, four, sometimes six 30-metre tall concrete tubes clustered together and used to store the rich harvest of the district. At least that's what they were used for in the past. Today, due to improved transport and grain handling technology many, if not most stand idle.

But now, thanks to a pre-occupation with graffiti & street-art and with the financial support of Governments and corporate groups some of Victoria's silos have been transformed into huge artworks, giant murals celebrating the people of the Wimmera and Mallee at six sites which together form the 200 Kilometre long Silo Arts Trail.

The first work was completed at Brim in 2015 by renowned Brisbane artist Guido Van Helten and depicting four local farmers covering six towering silos.

Victoria Melbourne Wimmera Mallee Rupanyup Brim Lascelles Rosebery Patchewollock Sheep Hills Art Artworks Outdoor Murals Grain Silos
The sepia-toned images of four local farmers adorn the Brim silos, the first in the series that make up the Victorian Silo Arts Trail. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank


Number 2 on the trail was completed at Patchewollock in October 2016 by another Brisbane based artist Finton Magee. The model for Magee's work was local farmer Nick Hulland.

Victoria Melbourne Wimmera Mallee Rupanyup Brim Lascelles Rosebery Patchewollock Sheep Hills Art Artworks Outdoor Murals Grain Silos
Local farmer Nick Hulland stands tall at Patchewollock. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank


Not long afterwards, in December 2016, world-renowned street artist Adnate completed a spectacular coloured portrait of four indigenous faces against a background of the Milky Way on six silos at Sheep Hills.

Victoria Melbourne Wimmera Mallee Rupanyup Brim Lascelles Rosebery Patchewollock Sheep Hills Art Artworks Outdoor Murals Grain Silos
The Sheep Hills site is a blaze of color. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank


Russian artist Julia Volchkova painted the only metal silos on the trail at Rupanyup in March 2017. A graffiti and street artist who's worked around the world she painted the portraits of two members of the Rupanyup Panthers Football & Netball Club.

Victoria Melbourne Wimmera Mallee Rupanyup Brim Lascelles Rosebery Patchewollock Sheep Hills Art Artworks Outdoor Murals Grain Silos
Members of the local Panthers Football & Netball club cover Rupanyup's metal silos. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank


The fifth silo to be completed was at Lascelles where Melbourne artist 'Rone' created a portrait of farming couple Geoff and Merrilyn Horman, wheat farmers born in the district and where their family has lived and farmed for four generations.

Victoria Melbourne Wimmera Mallee Rupanyup Brim Lascelles Rosebery Patchewollock Sheep Hills Art Artworks Outdoor Murals Grain Silos
Four generations of Merrilyn Horman's family have farmed around Lascelles. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank


The sixth and final site was completed at Rosebery earlier this year by another Melbourne artist 'Kaff-eine', a young lady who gave up a career as a lawyer to pursue her passion for street art.

Victoria Melbourne Wimmera Mallee Rupanyup Brim Lascelles Rosebery Patchewollock Sheep Hills Art Artworks Outdoor Murals Grain Silos
The Rosebery site was painted by Melbourne artist 'Kaff-eine'. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank

'Kaff-eine' admits to being afraid of heights, something which makes her towering portrayals of a Mallee horseman and young female sheep farmer all the more amazing.

Federal & State Governments and Yarriambiack Shire have funded the Silo Arts Trail to the tune of $300,000 and the sites have been made available by Graincorp and Australian Grain Export.

A lot of money and effort have gone into the project but it's attracting visitors from around Australia and the world and breathing some life back into isolated, tiny communities which might otherwise have easily disappeared.

I drove the trail from south to north starting at Rupanyup and finishing at Patchewollock, 191 Kilometres and about 2 hours 40 minutes away, a trip which included plenty of photo opportunities and time talking to locals and other visitors.

The trail is also an interesting alternative for anyone driving between Mildura and The Grampians or vice versa. Sure you're 'off highway' but the roads are pretty good and suitable for touring caravans.

Along the way check out the towns of Minyip, Warracknabeal, Beulah and Hopetoun and be sure to enjoy a good cold beer at the Brim Hotel, the old Minapre Hotel at Lascelles or the 'Patche Pub', Patchewollock.

Victoria Melbourne Wimmera Mallee Rupanyup Brim Lascelles Rosebery Patchewollock Sheep Hills Art Artworks Outdoor Murals Grain Silos
Probably the largest outdoor art site in Australia the Silo Arts Trail stretches for almost 200 Kilometres through Victoria's Wimmer-Mallee regions. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank

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Why? Take the opportunity to see probably the largest outdoor art work in Australia, six sites stretching almost 200 Kilometres through Victoria's Wimmera-Mallee regions.
When: Anytime is a great time to visit the Wimmera and Mallee.
Phone: Yarriambiack Shire Offices, Warracknabeal (03) 5398 0100 or Frecall 1800 065 647
Where: Victoria's Wimmera and Mallee regions
Cost: FREE
Your Comment
Perfect article on a subject I was most interested in and planning on doing, so thanks for the great heads-up :)
by Jen (score: 3|1691) 12 days ago
I LOVE these Ian. Thanks for sharing.
by May Cross (score: 3|1123) 13 days ago
Great article Ian, was wondering where they all were LOL
by cherr (score: 1|12) 14 days ago
These are great!
by gcac (score: 1|26) 10 days ago
These are great!
by gcac (score: 1|26) 10 days ago
I went with Daytripper Tours in Mornington to see these. What a brilliant day out.
by edawnedsram (score: 0|2) 11 days ago
There are many Silos in Sunshine,Braybrook Melbourne, which could do with some art to gift the area a bright lift. Mabe an idea AC/DC Bob Scott who lived in Sunshine as an art piece, etc
by despi (score: 0|7) 11 days ago
Great article
by KazAitch (score: 0|9) 11 days ago
These artists keep our country alive - great article!
by chris (score: 0|2) 12 days ago
These are great!
by gcac (score: 1|26) 10 days ago
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