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The Picola Silo features a magnificent depiction of the Superb Parrot, on a backdrop of the nearby Barmah National Park and some of the native flora and fauna found in the region. It was painted by Melbourne-based artist Jimmy D'Vate, whose work is also featured on the Goorambat Silos.
In bygone days, Picola was known as 'the hook' because it was at the end of the railway line. Paying homage to this history, D'Vate has hidden a hook in this painting. See if you can find it!
These silos are fully operational and are on private property. They can be easily seen and photographed from the road.
In 2018, the Tungamah Silos were the first to be painted in north-east Victoria. Painted by Western Australian street artist, Sobrane Simcock, who was the first female silo artist in Australia.
The Tungamah silos depict iconic Australian bird life – dancing Brolgas, a Kookaburra, a Galah, a Humming bird, a cheeky owl hiding in the leaves, a Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, two small wrens and a white Ibis, sitting in the thick foliage of a gum tree.
Simcock has also painted other murals around the town and the region, including the murals opposite Meirlo’s Café in Numurkah and the Bundalong Tavern.
Painted by artist Tim Bowtell, the silos pay tribute to St James rich history.
Not many people know that St James is the home the first Coles store! Sir George Coles grew up in the St James township and took over the St James General Store from his father, expanding it to the empire it is today. See Sir Coles and the original general store portrayed on one of the murals.
The other murals depict St James’ grain transporting history. Before the railway extension in 1886, St James was the drop off point for all the wheat from Tungamah in the North, Warby Range to the East and Yabba to the West. In the 1915-16 season, a record of 405,000 bushels (135,000 bags) of wheat was transported to St James by horse and wagon, a motif that is displayed in the artwork.
This artwork, by artist Cam Scale, is a tribute to the men and women of the Devenish community who have enlisted in military service.
The two tall silos help celebrate the centenary of the end of the First World War and were officially unveiled on ANZAC Day in 2018. The artwork depicts a WW1 nurse and a modern female medic, highlighting the changing role of women in the military and society in general.
The third silo was officially unveiled a year later on ANZAC Day in 2019, with a costume parade that brought visitors from across Australia. This mural is a dedication to the Australian Light Horse.
At the Goorambat Silo complex, renowned street artist Jimmy Dvate painted three silos, a project that took two stages and a year to complete.
The first silo depicts the Barking Owl, the most threatened owl in Victoria with Northeast Victoria a remaining stronghold for wild populations. Jimmy is passionate about conservation and is particularly keen to highlight the plight of endangered species.
The second silo portrays a Farming scene.
The final silo is a magnificent tribute to the town’s three famous and much-loved Clydesdale horses.