Devenish is set to join the GrainCorp Silo Art Trail, with a World War I nurse beginning to take shape on the giant canvas that is expected to be completed by ANZAC Day.
The work is being created by renowned Melbourne-based artist, Cam Scale and will be relevant to the local community.
“Devenish has a strong connection to the First World War, so on the centenary of the end of the War we wanted to acknowledge the courage of this community and all service people,” Cam said.
GrainCorp’s Victoria Regional Manager, Peter Johnston, said this is the seventh GrainCorp silo art project, with five in Victoria and one in Queensland.
“We have seen the enormous benefit this visually inspiring and important community initiative brings to the host town and broader region,” Mr Johnston said.
“The local community group led by Kevin Mitchell and the Benalla Rural City Council have been a pleasure to work with to deliver the latest giant mural.”
The idea was the initiative of the Devenish community, led by local farmer Kevin Mitchell.
“We are delighted that this project is coming to fruition,” Mr Mitchell said.
“The local community has supported this idea with their time and donations and we look forward to it giving a real lift to the area.”
Mayor, Cr Don Firth said the council is very happy to support this project because of the tourism and community benefits it will bring.
“Being part of the silo art trail is significant for Devenish and the whole of Benalla Rural City,” Cr Firth said.
“We thank the Devenish community, GrainCorp and of course, Cam Scale for helping bring this project together.”
Goorambat’s and Tungamah’s impressive silo artworks were completed earlier this year and along with Devenish will now form part of a unique north east silo art trail with more towns in the area eager to join them.
St James and Katamatite are still investigating options to have their disused silos adorned with art. Yarrawonga silo owners, GrainCorp and private developer Rick Leeworthy are yet to confirm any definite decisions of artwork on their silos but have said they are willing to talk to interested community groups about the possibility.