Artwork for the Albacutya silo is close to completion, with the new addition to the Silo Art Trail forming the "missing link" across Hindmarsh shire.
The Albacutya silos are 10km north of Rainbow and will be the first silo art project in the Hindmarsh Shire Council area.
Development of the artwork was funded as part of the Victorian government's Wimmera Southern Mallee Destination Management plan and was originally slated for completion in April 2020, until COVID-19 delayed the project.
Melbourne artist Kit Bennett was contracted to paint the artwork, which celebrates women and family on farms.
Hindmarsh Shire Council tourism officer Jeff Woodward said the silo will link the Yarriambiack and West Wimmera portions of the art trail together.
"It is important to recognise that the Silo Art Trail is truly a 'tourism trail' linking various artworks into Australia's, if not the world's, largest outdoor gallery," he said.
"As such it can be marketed as a single significant tourism product with a lot more strength than an individual silo art.
"The Silo Art Trail contains the largest density of silo art in one region. From the original artworks in Yarriambiack, silos have strategically been added to the trail in Buloke and West Wimmera Shires.
"The Albacutya Silo marks the start of the missing link of the Silo Art Trail connecting the Yarriambiack silos to the West Wimmera Silos. Importantly for Hindmarsh it will attract tourists from the north and south to travel through Rainbow and Jeparit on their way to or from the Western Highway."
Mr Woodward said he had spoken to many Rainbow residents excited for the project, and hoped the artwork would lead to increased overnight stays in the area.
Visitors were encouraged to watch the artwork in development, with a viewing area established 50m east of the silos.
Hindmarsh Shire Council mayor Ron Ismay said the council was excited to finally be on the silo art trail.
"This new artwork will begin to create the important tourist link from the original Yarriambiack silo art through to the recently completed works in West Wimmera Shire, bringing increased tourism and visitors to our shires townships while increasing interest and marketing opportunities for the entire region-wide Silo Art Trail," he said.
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