Highly impressive rural art have been popping up in some of the most remote places in regional Victoria, Australia. For example, in Brim, a small town in Western Victoria, there are huge, impressive murals painted on the side of grain silos. These murals are an impressive example of high-level artwork in the middle of nowhere in Victoria. These art installations are drawing admirers to areas of Victoria that rarely ever see tourism.
Also included are images from Benalla Wall To Wall Festival. Benalla is a small rural city of 14,000 located 2 hours north of Melbourne on the Broken River in the High Country of NE Victoria. The Wall To Wall Festival just wrapped up this past March in Benalla, in regional Victoria. 15 street artists (50% female) took over to town to create 28 amazing murals, transforming Benalla into an outdoor art gallery.
Check out some key artworks from the annual street art festival. As well, images from the Brim Grain Silo mural and the Spanner Man mural in Victoria:
Brim Grain Silo Murals:
The Brim Silo Project made huge waves when one of the country’s best street artists painted local farmers of Brim on huge silos. These murals are an impressive example of high-level artwork in the middle of nowhere in Victoria and have significantly increased tourism to the town, inspiring people to drive hours just to see the mural.
Boort Spanner Man Sculpture Garden:
The tiny farming community of Boort (in the Murray region of Victoria) boasts an impressive sculpture garden created by artist, former farmer and native to the region, John Piccoli. This sculpture garden receives about 10,000 visitors per year (the town only has a population of 700 residents) and this garden has single-handedly built the town’s tourism industry.
Guido Van Helton, Adnate and Rone
Benalla is a small town in regional Victoria that launched the first street art festival in regional Victoria. Last year’s inaugural festival engaged 15 artists – including well-known street artists Rone and Adnate – to paint a series of walls around this small town in Victoria.
Mural of Guido Van Helton, Adnate and Rone in this photo.
The street art festival was the brainchild of a former Benalla local, Shaun Hossack, who wanted to use art to offer a form of rejuvenation to his regional hometown. The local arts community got right behind it and worked tirelessly to help raise funds and secure permission from wall owners with the formation of a Benalla Street Art Committee.
Photo is by dvate from Benalla Wall To Wall Festival
The street art festival is a lovely story of a grassroots movement and contemporary art in a rural setting. The event was such a success that they have decided to make this an annual event, every March.
Photo by artist Smug
Artist Andrew Bourke explained his inspiration for his mural, “I wanted to recreate a moment Ned Kelly may have had only moments prior to the Kelly Gangs final shoot out with the Victorian Police back in 1880.” This permanent artwork can be found on the rear of the Westpac Bank in the Rambling Rose car park, corner of Fawckner Drive and Carrier Street, Benalla Victoria.
Juddy Roller (23rd Key) made this sensational piece called “Neapolitan” ice cream stencil at Benalla Street Art’s 2nd Wall to Wall Festival. You can find it in the alleyway that runs down the side of Benalla Post Office.