Waimate silos get a major makeover
Artist Bill Scott sees painting the town’s silos as an opportunity to celebrate more of the South Canterbury town of Waimate’s history.
Scott has painted four or five murals around the town which were all about ‘‘celebrating what we do here’’.
He said the silos were a part of a ‘‘wonderful, old, iconic building’’.
The silos and adjacent buildings belong to Waimate Transport director Barry Sadler.
Sadler said the silos were built in 1934 to store grain alongside the Empress Flour Mill.
He believed they were the first large cereal silos built in New Zealand, and said they were built by hand.
It had taken Sadler six months to make safe the machines which elevated people to clean the outside of the silos and paint.
A crew of about four people had been certified to work at height and help clean the concrete to make it suitable for Scott to paint.
Sadler said the mural Scott was working on focused on an important moment in the town’s history - the amicable meeting which took place between the Te Huruhuru people and Michael Studholme in 1854.
Scott said the mural represented the meeting, and did not mean it was historically accurate or a ‘‘perfect replica’’.
‘‘We are representing an historic
‘‘Barry's put a fair bit of effort into it with purchasing the boom lifts, getting them all certified and cleaning the silos.’’
meeting, which effectively started our local history, an amicable between the local Maori and Michael Studholme who was our first settler.’’
Scott said painting the murals gave him and the people of Waimate an opportunity to celebrate local activities and events.
‘‘We have the Waimate 50 represented in a quite large mural which is a pretty well known event.
‘‘There’s potato picking, there’s shearing, there’s an early one of the logging situation as there was a large totara forest here in the early days.
‘‘Pretty much all of them represent something that’s happened here or a piece of history.’’
Scott said he had started painting the silos last week and expected the first silo to take ten days to paint.
He said Sadler had funded the mural, while Timaru’s Resene ColorShop had provided him with paint.
‘‘Barry’s put a fair bit of effort into it with purchasing the boom lifts, getting them all certified and cleaning the silos.’’