Silo art a major drawcard

Communities across the state have been turning their town’s structures into stunning artworks and tourism hotspots.

Water tank mural: Coonamble's 26 metre tall water tank has been turned into a stunning artwork. Photo: JOHN MURRAY FACEBOOK.

Water tank mural: Coonamble's 26 metre tall water tank has been turned into a stunning artwork. Photo: JOHN MURRAY FACEBOOK.

In June, a 26-metre tall water tank in Coonamble, NSW, was turned into a visually appealing mural by artists John Murray, Bob Barrett and Sooty Welsh.

Over 500 people attended the opening of the  Weethalle Silo Art Project, in the tiny town of Weethalle, near West Wyalong.

Mongolian-born muralist Heesco Khosnaran, commenced work on the 31 metre by 21 metre silo canvas, and stuck to the theme of reflecting the local community and its agricultural ties.

The Rotary Club in Wellington have expressed an interest in painting the silos in their town. 

Encouraged by a fund available from the NSW Government, the Rotarians are currently looking for ideas of what to paint on the silos in Welllington’s CBD. 

GrainCorp has been receptive to the idea of a giant silo artwork. 

A GrainCorp spokesperson said it wouldn’t be the first time the company’s silos have been used for the artwork. “GrainCorp is proud to support community initiatives such as the Silo Art Trail in Victoria and the Thallon Silo project in Queensland,” the spokesperson said.

“Generally, we are very happy to discuss these projects with local community groups to evaluate whether their local silos are suitable for the massive murals.”

Bogan Shire general manager Derek Francis said it is a great idea. 

“I’m sure [council] would consider it if it were suggested,” he told the Nyngan Observer.

When the Nyngan Observer put forward the idea on social media in July asking if residents would like to see something done in the Bogan Shire, the response was overwhelmingly in support of a local mural.

“Yes please,” said Veneta Dutton.

Sue Bourke, Gillian Eckart and Joanne Gillespie all said “yes”.

Ann Ballard agreed, but said she’d like to see something other than the ‘Big Bogan’.

“Most definitely a rural scene, but for heaven’s sake not another bloody Big Bogan,” she said.

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