Wai­mate si­los get a ma­jor makeover

South Canterbury Herald - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - KOREN ALLPRESS

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.’’

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