Silo Art Trail hits Las­celles

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Las­celles is poised to be­come the next Wim­mera-mallee town to at­tract world­wide at­ten­tion as part of Aus­tralia’s largest out­door art gallery.

Ac­claimed Mel­bourne street artist Ty­rone ‘Rone’ Wright is rapidly trans­form­ing Las­celles’ two 30-me­tre-high Grain­corp si­los with im­ages of a farm syn­ony­mous with the dis­trict.

The giant mu­ral is the lat­est art­work in Yar­ri­ambi­ack Shire’s Silo Art Trail span­ning more than 200 kilo­me­tres and al­ready gain­ing in­ter­na­tional in­ter­est.

Renowned streetscap­e artists have al­ready com­pleted mu­rals at Brim, Sheep Hills, Patchewol­lock and Ru­pa­nyup.

Las­celles is the fifth of six planned silo art­works. The last silo in the se­ries will be at Rose­bery, with an of­fi­cial trail launch planned for Au­gust.

Rone has work in per­ma­nent col­lec­tions in the Na­tional Gallery of Aus­tralia and Na­tional Gallery of Vic­to­ria, and has dis­tinc­tive mu­rals com­mis­sioned in cities in­clud­ing Lon­don, Paris, New York, Ha­vana, Port Vila, Taipei, Mex­ico City and Hong Kong.

In late 2016, Rone also trans­formed the crum­bling in­te­rior of Fitzroy’s doomed Star Lyric The­atre for his solo ex­hi­bi­tion Empty, draw­ing more than 14,000 vis­i­tors over 10 days.

He said he was ex­cited to be part of the Silo Art Trail project ‘along­side such amaz­ing artists’.

The Las­celles mu­ral will de­pict Ge­off and Mer­ri­lyn Hor­man, whose fam­i­lies have lived and farmed in the area for four gen­er­a­tions.

Born in the dis­trict, the cou­ple mar­ried at Las­celles in 1967 and with their two sons and ex­tended fam­i­lies have con­tin­ued the fam­ily tra­di­tions of wheat farm­ing, hard work and strong com­mu­nity in­volve­ment.

“To re­ally un­der­stand the essence of the place, I wanted to find peo­ple who had lived here all their lives and get a sense of what the town has been through over the years,” Rone said.

“With a pop­u­la­tion of just 48 peo­ple, I’ve been for­tu­nate to have al­ready met most of the town.

“Af­ter a lot of dis­cus­sion with the lo­cals, I found my sub­jects.”

The Hor­mans ad­mit­ted they were shocked at first to be cho­sen as the sub­jects of such a pub­lic un­der­tak­ing, but were happy to be in­volved af­ter re­al­is­ing the project’s po­ten­tial to gen­er­ate in­come, tourism and op­ti­mism for their town.

“If it ben­e­fits the com­mu­nity then we’re happy,” Mer­ri­lyn Hor­man said.

Rone said he hoped peo­ple made the ef­fort to travel the Silo Art Trail.

“Once they do, I’m sure they’ll see there is so much more to dis­cover out here,” he said.

Other artists in­volved in the trail are Matt Ad­nate, Kaff-eine, Fin­tan Magee, Guido van Hel­ten and Ju­lia Volchkova.

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