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    Goroke silos. Albacutcha silos will join the art trail.

Albacutya silo to join popular art trail

Artwork has started on an Albacutya silo, 10 kilometres north of Rainbow, marking the first silo in Hindmarsh Shire to join the region’s Silo Art Trail. 

Melbourne artist Kit Bennett is working on the Albacutya project with expectations he will take three to four weeks to complete the work.

A Melbourne COVID-19 travel lockdown delayed the project but Bennett has developed themes and designs celebrating women and family on farms.

Drawing inspiration from the silo owner and incorporating ties back to Rainbow district, the artwork will present ‘a fun, quirky, colourful and exciting style that will attract the interest of both young and old, and the family-touring market’.

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It will also present a significant point of difference to existing Silo Art Trail artworks. 

Renowned street and mural art company Juddy Roller, in partnership with Yarriambiack Shire, originally curated the Silo Art Trail in 2016.

Since 2018, Wimmera Mallee Tourism has worked closely with Yarriambiack Shire Council to manage the expansion of the trail across the Wimmera-Mallee.

Silo Art Trail sites in Buloke and West Wimmera shires are the latest to join the trail through State Government Pick My Project funding. 

The Albacutya silo site is strategically positioned to establish a tourism-route link between Yarriambiack and West Wimmera silos.

The State Government has funded the Albacutya project as part of a Wimmera Southern Mallee Destination Management Plan and via leveraging through Wimmera Southern Mallee Regional Partnership. 

Hindmarsh Shire Council is funding viewing-site works.

Through the establishment of artwork at Albacutya silo, Juddy Roller has continued to uphold its original Silo Art Trail concept of developing the world’s largest outdoor art gallery by using Wimmera-Mallee grain silos as canvases.

The trail features the large-scale work of national and international mural artists to create unique large scale artworks.

New section

Juddy Roller managing director Shaun Hassock and Wimmera Mallee Tourism representatives identified the Albacutya silo as the start of a new section of the trail.

A main point of difference between the Silo Art Trail art work and many of other community murals commissioned by communities across the country is that the Wimmera Mallee Silo Art Trail leaves artwork design to the discretion of the artist. 

This is designed to allow for the artist to explore freedom of expression.

Visitors can watch the Albacutya artwork under development from a viewing area 50 metres to the east of the silo. Access to the silo site is prohibited. 

Hindmarsh mayor Ron Ismay said the council was excited that Hindmarsh was finally on the Silo Art Trail. 

“This new artwork will begin to create the important tourist link from the original Yarriambiack silo art through to the recently completed works in West Wimmera Shire,” he said.

“It will bring increased tourism and visitors to our shire townships while increasing interest and marketing opportunities for the entire region-wide Silo Art Trail.”

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