Silo to get a new look

By Country News on December 20, 2017
  • Silo to get a new look

    The current Tungamah silos.

  • Silo to get a new look

    Artist Sobrane Simcock has been selected to paint the Tungamah silo.

  • Silo to get a new look

    Sobrane specialises in depicting birds.

Western Australian artist Sobrane will travel to Tungamah next year to paint northern Victoria’s first silo art.

With less than two months remaining until the silo art gets under way, Sobrane said the final art that will go on the towering structure was still to be determined but would likely be a native or local bird.

‘‘I’ve been encouraging people to send local photos in to me and we’ll move from there,’’ she said.

‘‘I like to be in front of the project and then visualise it. I can get the scale just from looking at it which is a little unusual . . . For me it’s just like painting on a big canvas.’’

Having completed artworks and held exhibitions around the world, including Italy and Hong Kong, Sobrane said country towns still held a special meaning for her.

‘‘I grew up in a country town on a sheep farm in Western Australia, so I get it, I love small towns,’’ she said.

She believes that projects such as silo art can help reinvigorate country towns.

‘‘Small towns need the energy, they need the vibe to get going, I’m pretty passionate about small towns.’’

Tungamah locals can expect to see Sobrane around town early next year, with the artist spending some time getting to know locals and speaking with them about their town and the silo art.

‘‘I’ll get to know their feelings and get to know their plans,’’ she said.

‘‘I like to challenge myself . . . It’s a lovely challenge to do.’’

The silo art will officially get under way at the town’s community kickstart launch on Sunday, February 11.

By Country News on December 20, 2017
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