ARTIST Jimmy Dvate is remaining tight-lipped about the final design of the Rochester Silos.
But flora and fauna is set to be the theme of the GrainCorp silo, as our town prepares to join northern Victoria’s expanding silo art trail when painting gets underway on June 11.
Not long after painting the Goorambat silos in March, Dvate was in the town refining his artwork recently and offered some clues about what locals could expect.
He said the artwork that would appear on the silo had been determined and was in the stages of being refined.
“Native flora and fauna is what I’ve been focusing on. It’s definitely going to be focused on wildlife that’s endemic to the area and possibly threatened,” he said.
“The Campaspe River is a major influence. It’s such a beautiful place to hang out and such a focus for the town.
“I’ve got a bit of a design sorted and I’m just tweaking it now.”
Dvate is allowing himself one month to complete the artwork, allowing for poor weather and the opportunity to spend more time in town.
After suffering from a fear of heights prior to painting the Goorambat silo, Dvate said he believed he’d overcome that after spending weeks in a cherrypicker and definitely had his ‘‘sea legs’’ ahead of the painting of the Rochester silo.
‘‘I’ve got a lot more confidence and learnt a lot (after painting Goorambat) so hopefully it will be a bit smoother process,’’ he said.
“I am excited to get underway and I want to thank everyone involved for giving me the opportunity.”
Spearheaded by the Rochester Business Network (RBN), the town will become the fourth in northern Victoria to transform its silos following the completion of silo art in Tungamah, Goorambat and Devenish.
RBN member Kate Taylor said the community hoped the artwork would help the town to capitalise on traffic that passed through on its way to Echuca.
‘‘The town is really excited, they’ve been really positive about the news,’’ she said.
With fundraising to paint the silos now under way, Ms Taylor said the group had been overwhelmed by the support, both big and small, from locals and surrounds.
An online fundraising campaign has already raised $7559 of the $30,000 goal, with many also pledging support to help clean up the site ahead of painting.
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