Silo art celebrates service of women
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.