The land­scape be­comes the art in bush town

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - TIMOTHY HAMER

SOME artists paint land­scapes. Heesco Khos­naran painted the land­scape. His can­vas is a grain silo near the cen­tral western NSW town of Weethalle and his frame the wide, open sky. It’s NSW’s first in a grow­ing trend of art­work painted over old struc­tures in bush towns. The piece was com­mis­sioned by Bland Shire Coun­cil, with a panel of se­lec­tors in­clud­ing com­mu­nity mem­bers choos­ing the win­ning con­cept by the Mon­go­lian-born Khos­naran.

It took 200L of paint and 300 spray cans but only 11 days to fin­ish the job.

It was also his first at­tempt at paint­ing on a silo.

“I’m in Mel­bourne where mu­rals go up on a daily ba­sis, peo­ple don’t re­ally pay at­ten­tion to that de­tail much be­cause it’s a big city,” he said. “In ru­ral ar­eas it’s a whole dif­fer­ent story, it’s more im­por­tant to the com­mu­nity.“

Picture: Ai­dan Wil­liams

The strik­ing Weethalle Silo Art pro­ject in cen­tral western NSW.

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