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    EXCITED: Kaniva Kindergarten students admire their creations on display at Elders Real Estate in Commercial Street.

Silo art inspiration at Kaniva

A new art installation at Kaniva has provided kindergarten students with inspiration to create their own mini silo art interpretations. 

Kaniva Kindergarten students watched artist David Lee Pereira paint a mural on the town’s GrainCorp silo, as part of the Wimmera’s Silo Art Trail.

They then set about creating their mini replicas out of recycled tins.  

The creations are on display at Elders Real Estate in Commercial Street, Kaniva.   

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Kindergarten teacher Gracie Elliott said the idea was to enable parents and friends to see the children’s art, as COVID-19 restrictions prevented visitation at the kindergarten.  

“I felt during coronavirus we really lost that sense of community that we worked so hard to get,” she said. 

“Being offered a window space was a wonderful chance to showcase the artwork – it has been lovely to see the children and grandparents and anyone who’s interested go look.” 

Pereira completed the mural of a hobby falcon and orchids on the town’s silo late last month. 

Mrs Elliott said her students visited the silo on several occasions. 

“The silo is right near the kinder, so we were walking down regularly to watch the progression of it – the kids took that inspiration to the art table,” she said. 

“We got some formula tins and old tins and painted them. Some students did some free-hand drawing, and some did some colouring in.” 

Elders administration staff member Vanessa Drendel said the kindergarten’s contribution would be a great tool to promote more excitement around the Silo Art Trail. 

“It’s a great promotion. To see the kids’ interpretation, that’s a really good community approach to something that’s brand new and creates a bit of interest,” she said. 

“Our team at Elders is really happy to support the community. 

“These students are our future farmers, shop keepers, members of society, so it’s really great to highlight what kids can do.” 

– Dylan De Jong 

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