In country Victoria, the small town of Rupanyup has become the latest Victorian community to gain a piece of Silo Art (see full article here). Silo Art involves painting large, high-quality murals across a silo, which can be seen from far distances and often become a landmark within the community.

Julia Volchkova, a street artist from Russia, was excited, yet nervous at the thought of painting such an expansive piece of artwork as she knew the piece would “go down in history” and felt a great responsibility due to the significance of the project. Despite having experience in painting large wall murals, Julia found the project to be challenging, as she had the extra weight put upon her from the spray gun paint, rollers as well as the safety equipment. She had to manage this in changing weather conditions and wind directions.

Young sports players from the local area were selected by Julia to be the subjects painted on the silo, which has created a further sense of community ownership and involvement. Creating pride like this for an object that would otherwise become a blank canvas for graffiti vandals, is a clever way to solve the issues of graffiti vandalism and destruction of property within the community.