Sleepy St. Arnaud, population 2619, is now part of the ‘Silo Art Trail’ in western Victoria thanks to a huge new artwork called ‘Hope’ spanning two grain silos on the outskirts of town.

Created by local artist Kyle Torney, the painting depicts the human history of St. Arnaud, originally a gold mining town settled in the 1850’s, and took more than 800 hours to complete.

Torney is a sixth-generation resident of St Arnaud whose has painted many murals throughout the town, 244km west of Melbourne.

“Street art really brings the community together,” he says.

“I called the silo art ‘Hope’ which is reflective of the gold mining period but also resonates with the current climate.”

“St Arnaud is a great place to visit and like all of Victoria has been hit hard but by COVID-19 restrictions.”

The sheer scale of the project presented many challenges, including perspective.

Torney, who used a cherry picker as his painting platform, says he would do between 30-40 trips a day up and down the silo to check the artwork from a distance to ensure the proportions were correct.

Marc Sleeman, CEO, Grampians Tourism, says St. Arnaud now becomes the start of the region’s 200km Silo Art Trail, extending it from Rupanyup and linking with Sheep Hills, Brim and Rosebery.

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