Nullawil the latest to join the Silo Art Trail

Nullawil the latest to join the Silo Art Trail

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ARTWORK: The newest silo artwork at Nullawil depicts a Kelpie dog and a farmer, and is the seventh to join the Silo Art Trail after its completion last week.

ARTWORK: The newest silo artwork at Nullawil depicts a Kelpie dog and a farmer, and is the seventh to join the Silo Art Trail after its completion last week.

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The Nullawil Silo has joined the Silo Art Trail after its recent completion.

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ARTWORK of a Kelpie dog and a farmer at Nullawil is the seventh, and the latest, to join the Silo Art Trail.

Nullawil Silo, on the Calder Highway north-east of Birchip, became the first in the Buloke shire to join the art trail, which stretches across the Wimmera and Mallee.

The art trail, which first began in 2016, includes silos at Rupanyup, Sheep Hills, Brim, Rosebery, Patchewollock, Lascelles and now Nullawil.

The Nullawil Silo Art project is worth $115,480 and gained funding from the Pick My Project community grants initiative.

Artist Sam Bates completed the work.

Mr Bates, also known as Smug or Smug One, is an Australian contemporary street artist, known for his photo realism graffiti work.

He was born in a small town near Sydney and is known for painting engaging large-scale, photo-realistic graffiti street art murals around the world.

He now lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland, and flew into Australia early in July to begin the project.

Silo Art Committee - Project Association of Nullawil member Heith Pollington said the work began on July 5 and was complete on July 18.

Mr Pollington said the committee sent about 60 photographic suggestions to Mr Bates, most themed around farming.

"As a committee, we sent a lot of pictures that depicted our local area and the meaning of Nullawil," he said.

"From the pictures and suggestions, he came up with his own thing, a man and his dog named Jimmy."

Mr Pollington said people had shared positive feedback about the project to social media.

"We had hundreds of comments on social media on how good it is," he said.

"People have said that it's the best one they have seen, we all are pretty proud of it."

Mr Pollington said the silo art had started attracting tourists once work began.

"It's amazing, the amount of vehicles that are stopping in town," he said.

"It's only a small town, so hopefully it gets us up and going."

But he said the tourism influx had created a traffic problem.

"It's creating a hazard in town and on the Calder Highway," he said.

"Lots of vehicles are pulling up to look and they don't realise that they are sitting in the middle of the highway.

"We are having to approach VicRoads and the local shire to try to get some works done to ensure the safety of everyone who is looking at the silo."

Mr Pollington said about 100 vehicles had stopped at the silo every day since its completion.

"These are probably 100 vehicles that didn't know Nullawil is here," he said.

This story originally appeared on The Wimmera Mail Times

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