Piec­ing to­gether com­mu­nity gems that make Thal­lon unique

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - News -

HOW do you pick a pic­ture that will sum up an en­tire com­mu­nity?

That was the ques­tion Thal­lon lo­cals faced when craft­ing ideas for their silo mu­ral.

They found their an­swer by wel­com­ing artists Travis Vin­son (Drapl) and Joel Fergie (The Zookeeper) to a meet­ing at the lo­cal ho­tel, where res­i­dents brought along their favourite pho­to­graphs and shared their sto­ries.

In the artist brief writ­ten by the tal­ented duo, the men stated: “We want the com­mu­nity to look up to the si­los as the sun sets each day and be re­minded of why they love the land they live in”.

“When I read that, I knew we had the right artists for the job,” Leanne said.

The town’s gor­geous Moonie River, and stun­ning sun­sets and sun­rises, as well as the re­gion’s rich agri­cul­tural his­tory were the three win­ning el­e­ments.

Us­ing some cre­ative li­cence, the artists meshed and blended a few im­ages to­gether to cre­ate the fi­nal prod­uct, which has been named The Wa­ter­ing Hole.

Although not fully com­plete, the vi­brant pic­ture, which has been painted across the 30m by 40m can­vas, al­ready has peo­ple stop­ping in the streets.

One of the cen­tre­piece im­ages comes from Chantel McAlis­ter, a well-known wool classer and pho­tog­ra­pher.

Chantel snaps pic­tures dur­ing her work day and cap­tured a stun­ning shot of Rus­sell Beatty from Dun­win­nie, a prop­erty close to Thal­lon, shift­ing his sheep early in the morn­ing.

While she has had her im­ages dis­played in gal­leries and on­line, there was some­thing deeply spe­cial about her photo be­com­ing a main­stay for Thal­lon.

“I am so ex­cited about it, and I am just re­ally hum­bled,” she said.

“I love that dis­trict so much. It’s sort of played out my whole (wool) class­ing ca­reer. I have grown in that area and to now be con­nected with it for­ever, and to have my im­agery up there… and for the lo­cals to be proud of it… I am just feel­ing a lot of pride.”

The com­pleted project will be un­veiled at a spe­cial launch on Thurs­day, July 20.

PHOTO: CHANTEL RENAE PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

BLANK CAN­VAS: GrainCorp’s si­los in their orig­i­nal form.

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