THERE'S a new addition to the Wimmera Mallee's world-famous Silo Art Trail.
Brisbane based artists Travis Vinson (DRAPL) and Joel Fergie (The Zookeeper) have transformed the GrainCorp silos in the southern Mallee town of Sea Lake into pieces of art.
The design concept depicts a young girl swinging from a Mallee eucalyptus tree looking over Lake Tyrrell, and a big open sky which gradually fades from dusk to night.
"Our main inspiration was to really capture the beauty and grandeur of the Mallee region, in particular Lake Tyrrell," Mr Fergie said.
"Because we're from the city, we had this amazing feeling of freedom when we got to the region. We wanted to reflect that in the art.
"We wanted to use a lot of colour to make it really stand out. Given there are so many silos painted now, we want to makes ours different to the others in the region.
"I think the appeal of silo art is that contrast from anything else in the landscape. As an artist the draw is to work in an unknown environment and create something with a huge impact."
Mr Fergie said the project was officially finished on Thursday after 20 days of painting.
"The whole process took about 11 months. There has been a lot of pre-planning and designing before we started. We visited Sea Lake early in the year to meet with locals and get a feeling for the town," he said.
"I want to thank Buloke Shire Council and GrainCorp who made this project possible, and all the Sea Lake residents who were so welcoming."
Mr Fergie and Mr Vinson have worked together on a number of projects before. This was their second silo art collaboration after a project in Thallon, Queensland in 2016.
Buloke Shire Council received funding for the project through the federal government's Drought Communities Program. It was developed based on consultation with the project's working group.
Council Mayor Carolyn Stewart said residents spearheaded the project.
"This project is something that the Sea Lake community have been working on for some time to help further develop tourism in the region, giving tourists another reason to visit and encouraging them to stay a bit longer," she said.
Nulawil became the seventh addition to the trail in July. The trail also includes silos at Rupanyup, Sheep Hills, Brim, Rosebery, Patchewollock and Lascelles.
It was confirmed last month that the GrainCrop silos at Kaniva and Serviceton would be painted early next year.
The projects received $199,600 of funding through the state government's Pick My Project initiative last year.
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