Until recently I’d never heard of Brim, the little town in the Wimmera district of western Victoria, until the town’s grain silos had become a canvas for artist Guido van Helten, and the story made the main stream news, as his mural project neared completion. When you travel through regional Australia you see silos regularly, so you know they’re big. When I saw the Brim murals in the media, I knew they would have to be big, but I was still surprised at the scale of this project when I visited on Tuesday this week.
Depicted in the Brim silo mural are four regional characters that represent the people who live and work on the land. When I was exploring Brim this week (both the silos and the town) an ABC Rural journalist was interviewing some of the many visitors to the silos.
This article on the ABC website by Danielle Grindlay gives an in depth account of these characters and the artist.
It was pleasing to see so many people stopping at the town to admire the silo mural. Brim is one of those small towns that most people would normally drive past. With the main street off the highway, travellers wouldn’t normally see the town, but when I visited there was a lack of parking, especially for those towing caravans looking for refreshments. A couple of locals had to double park to shop at the general store, but nobody complained at this sudden tourist influx that must be doing wonders for the local businesses.
UPDATE: We re-visited Brim and the silo murals 12-months later – www.vic.pics/brim-silo-murals-2017