Work starts on region’s newest silo artwork

Work has officially begun on Victoria’s latest silo art work, with Melbourne-artist Cam Scale taking to the skies to bring a Devenish eyesore to life. 

GrainCorp regional manager Peter Johnson said the small Benalla Shire town was the latest area to join the Silo Art Trail. 

Melbourne-based artist Cam Scale started work on Wednesday with the artwork expected to take around three weeks. 

Mr Scale did not wish to reveal his final concept but hinted it would have an important link to the region’s history.

“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,” he said.

“I’m excited to be spending time in Devenish over the coming weeks and getting to know the people who make this area so special. It’s a beautiful part of the state and I hope the artwork provides another reason for people to visit and explore.”

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Devenish farmer Kevin Mitchell led the push for the town’s own artwork. 

“We are delighted that this project is coming to fruition,” he 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.”

While Benalla mayor Don Firth said council was happy to support the project that would draw tourism to the region.

Mr Johnson said the Art Trail started in 2015 in the Wimmera’s Yarriambiack shire and they were ecstatic it had grown momentum across the country.

“GrainCorp was part of the very first silo art project in 2015, which has now grown into a national phenomenon and we are proud to continue our support,” he said.

“This is the seventh silo art project we have supported, with five in Victoria and one in Queensland. 

“We have seen the enormous benefit this visually inspiring and important community initiative brings to the town and broader region.”