Silo art cel­e­brates ser­vice of women

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page -

The silo art at Devenish was re­vealed last week, cel­e­brat­ing the war ef­forts of women and the con­tri­bu­tion of the lo­cal com­mu­nity to the First World War.

The art­work was un­veiled on An­zac Day eve and co­in­cides with the 100-year cen­te­nary of the end of the First World War.

The art­work is of both a First World War nurse and a modern-day com­bat medic. Fifty young men and women from the Devenish com­mu­nity en­listed in mil­i­tary ser­vice for the First World War.

Artist Cam Scale said the work is a vis­ual tribute to those young peo­ple and to the chang­ing role of women in the mil­i­tary and in so­ci­ety.

“The con­cept for this work came from a sug­ges­tion from the Devenish com­mu­nity want­ing to ac­knowl­edge and pay tribute to the con­tri­bu­tion this town made to Aus­tralia’s war ef­fort,” Cam said.

“We de­cided to look at the chang­ing role of women in mil­i­tary ser­vice.

“Part of the joy of do­ing this work in Devenish has been be­ing part of the com­mu­nity for a few weeks, meet­ing so many lo­cal peo­ple and hear­ing their sto­ries.

“It is also a real joy to me to see so many peo­ple en­joy­ing the work and re­spond­ing to it.”

Kevin Mitchell, the lo­cal farmer who led the lo­cal ef­fort to have the silo painted said ev­ery­one in Devenish has en­joyed see­ing the work un­fold.

“We are de­lighted with the way Cam has bought our idea to re­al­ity,” Mr Mitchell said.

“We have looked for­ward to hav­ing this artis­tic tribute to the con­tri­bu­tion our town made to Aus­tralia’s war ef­fort, and this does it beau­ti­fully.”

The pro­ject has been a part­ner­ship be­tween GrainCorp, the Coun­cil, the artist and the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Lo­cal res­i­dent Paul Evans said since the art was fin­ished hun­dreds of ve­hi­cles have visited the si­los pro­vid­ing an eco­nomic boost for the town.

“The cars, car­a­vans and Win­neba­gos just keep rolling in, from early in the morn­ing un­til dusk,” Paul said.

Artist Cam Scale said the work is a vis­ual tribute to the chang­ing role of women in the mil­i­tary and in so­ci­ety.

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