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Thallon, near St George in South West Queensland, will be the first grain silo in the Sunshine State to have a massive 1200m2 mural painted on it.
The mural on the Thallon silo, located in the Balonne Shire, will be created by two of Queensland’s most prolific street artists, Travis Vinson and Joel Fergie. The concept, developed in cooperation with the local community, titled “The Watering Hole” will depict a dramatic view of life on the land.
Thallon is a six-hour drive from Brisbane and is home to the 300,000 tonne GrainCorp grain receival site where the silos are located.
Painting the 30m x 40m canvas will start on 29 June and take around three weeks. Subject to weather conditions, it is expected to be revealed on 20 July.
The project has been in the works for over two years, led by the Thallon Progress Association. Project Manager, Leanne Brosnan, said: “It is so exciting to see this amazing project finally become a reality.
“Local residents have contributed ideas and photographs to be used in the design. The community also contributed financial support through donations via a GoFundMe Campaign.
The whole community should be so proud of the project. As we have seen in Victoria, massive silo art has the power to transform a community and the broader region.
Leanne Brosnan, Project Manager, Thallon Progress Association
“This project has been a community effort and includes funding contributions from the Balonne Shire Council, Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund, which is administered by Arts Queensland, GrainCorp, Taubmans, Rural Affinity Insurance and the Royal Flying Doctor Service - Drought and Wellbeing Program.
“The whole community should be so proud of the project. As we have seen in Victoria, massive silo art has the power to transform a community and the broader region,” Leanne says.
GrainCorp’s Queensland Regional Manager, Brad Foster, says: “GrainCorp has been part of the Thallon community for over 70 years so when we were asked to contribute the canvas for the art project we were so excited to see what could be done.
“We are delighted to be able to contribute to a visually inspiring and important community initiative, which will attract more visitors to this wonderful part of Queensland,” Brad says.
Balonne Shire Mayor, Richard Marsh said Council is happy to support the project as the artwork will be a drawcard for tourists to the area: “I congratulate the organising committee on bringing this project to fruition and look forward to seeing the finished result. Council welcomes and encourages projects that will bring more tourists to our beautiful region.”