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Wimmera Mallee Silo Art Trail Tuesday 10th May Left home in Mulgrave with a full tank of petrol. Travelled to Stawell filled up $72.72 Stopped at Murtoa to see The Stick Shed, formally known as the Number 1 Emergency Grain Store, is a large grain store. The Murtoa Stick Shed, as it became known, is 870 feet long, 198 feet wide and 62 feet 10 inches high at the ridge, covering an area of 170,000 square feet. Built in 1941. Next Stop Rupanyup 1 Gibson st, artist Julia Volchkova her work was inspired by two young members of the local Rupanyup Panthers Football and Netball Club. Julia is known all over the world for her moving portraits. On to Sheep Hills 445 Sheep Hill-Minyip Road. We have covered 369 km at this stage. Painted by Adnate is late 2016. The colours and the size is amazing. It is of Indigenous people. We stayed the night at Warrack motel in Warracknabeal. 396km Wednesday on to Brim 1991 Henty Hwy, painted by Guido Van Helten. In 2016 The faces on the mural are anonymous Representing farmers male and female. Onto Rosebery Henty Highway. Artist Kaff-eine. The silo on the left depicts a young, female farmer, symbolizing the future of farming in the region. On the right is a man and his horse, sharing a quiet moment of contemplation and peace, together. WE doubled back to Beulah and on to Nullawil 26 Calder Hwy, Sam Bates (Smug) worked his magic transforming the face of the silo. The Brim silo project began in late 2015 and completed in 2016 as the first silo painting in the State of Victoria. Sea Lake 33 Railway Ave. Artist: Joel Fergie & Travis Vinson in 2019. The artwork depicts a young girl swinging from a mallee eucalyptus tree gazing out over the endless vista that is Lake Tyrrell. A powerful Wedge Tail Eagle saws above the girl and emus run off into the night. 597 km On to Lascelles, Lascelles Silo Road. Renowned Melbourne Street Artist “Rone” has painted the images of a local couple Geoff and Merrilyn Horman 630km Albacutya, Side Rd off Albacutya Rd, Privatly owned Silo . Melbourne artist Kitt Bennett was inspired to create an artwork that tells a story of growing up in the country as a youth. Petrol Nhill $82.76 Kaniva Silo 821km Stayed the night at Kaniva Midway Motel Thursday Goroke Silo Art 30 Railway St, Goroke September 2020 and completing 7 weeks later in November, artist Geoffrey Carran painted the GrainCorp silos at Goroke. Horsham we stayed Glynlea Motel 966 km We were thrilled to see Sam Bates putting the final touches on his silo in Horsham. Artist Sam Bates but goes by the name (Smug) has begun painting the Horsham Silo May 2022 Sam Bates, also known as Smug, will paint the Mill Street silo with the story of Yanggendyinanyuk, a member of the Aboriginal First XI cricket team and tracker who helped find three lost children in 1864. It's the third silo Mr Bates has painted in Victoria, after Nullawill in 2019 and Arkona near Dimboola, which he finished last week. "I will be working for two weeks, and I don't know about the paint, maybe a couple of hundred litres of house paint," Smug, who lives in Scotland, said. "I do love the silos and I am quite excited each time I am approached for a silo, but they do all kind of look the same, and we are trying to slowly move them away from that classic design with birds or a farmer, and make it a bit more exciting, a bit more art for art's sake." I did ask him if I could take his photo but said only whilst he is painting. We did go back in the morning to see the progress. I have heard he has now finished and starting on the wall next door which I did take a photo of the markings and you can see it is going to be a bird. We stopped at Ballarat for lunch and filled with more petrol at Rockbank $84.61 Arrived home with a very dirty car after doing 1337km for the very enjoyable trip. Kath

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