Opinion

Art tribute is praiseworthy

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April 04, 2018

The Wall to Wall Festiva has put Benalla on the map as a pioneering leader in street art.

Goorambat has joined the silo art movement.

Larger-than-life art seems to be having a bit of a moment in the Goulburn Valley.

In yesterday’s Country News, 20 towns with silos were documented, more than a third of which have either completed massive murals, committed to them or are considering them.

Most of them were in these parts.

The silo art movement is welcome and brings with it plenty of ripe opportunities for regional art tours for day-trippers from Melbourne and around Victoria.

There’s the potential for tourism possibilities to roll historic farming stories in with brilliant artworks distilling the identity of the region on large makeshift canvasses.

Grassroots groups hatching concerted campaigns to bring these creations to reality should be commended for their efforts and deserve the participation and enthusiasm of other stakeholders who could enjoy mutual benefit from these projects becoming real.

The success of Benalla’s excellent Wall to Wall Festival has plenty to do with movements such as these, one imagines.

The significant economic impact it has across the few days it is held in the town has been well documented.

What is more difficult to measure is the flow-on impact having a town covered with colourful art, by commissioned artists over several days each year.

But perhaps the greatest thing it brings, however, is unique reason for those travelling up the Hume Hwy to turn off the highway on their way to Canberra or Sydney and stop by for a coffee and to admire a singular streetscape.

Also to be admired at a more local level, at Greater Shepparton’s movements to create a unique city-spanning street art trail.

The focus locally has added significance in recognising the outstanding contributions of local indigenous figures.

The value here is multifaceted, and incredibly important in ensuring the history and recognition of the region’s indigenous community are distilled, can be told and retold and can be passed down generations.

With news the latest instalment of this project now under way — a mural of Yorta Yorta man Private Daniel Cooper on the wall of the Eastbank Centre — anticipation is building to experience to complete street art trail across the city.

We look forward to it.

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