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Towns now have big points of difference

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May 05, 2018

Sundays are made for driving through our vast country landscape peppered with small country towns — blink and you’ll miss them.
But not anymore.
Less than an hour from Shepparton a silo art trail is beginning to form.
Almost overnight large-scale masterpieces have popped up in unassuming country towns Tungamah, Devenish and Goorambat.
The towns’ silos, once abandoned and desolate, have been resurrected — used as giant canvases by talented artists.
I made my first stop at Tungamah, 45 minutes’ drive north-east of Shepparton .
Reaching toward the sky, the silo art celebrates Australia’s native birdlife with a pair of dancing brolgas and a laughing kookaburra.
Mural artist Sobrane has transformed a quintessential rural stalwart into an eye-catching talking point.
Back on the road, I drove through St James, which is soon expected to join the trail, before stopping in Devenish.
Dedicated to the small community’s contribution to World War I, 100 years on artist Cam Scale has created a breathtaking and poignant piece recognising the war efforts of women.
Surrounded by a poppy field, a First World War nurse and a modern-day medic stand tall on the silos.
Just 15 minutes further down the country road is Goorambat, where a critically endangered barking owl watches over the township from the silo-side.
As you drive in it’s impossible to miss Dvates’s mural towering over this tiny township, but behind closed doors is another surprise.
Inside the humble Goorambat Uniting Church is a life-like portrait — Sophia by Adnate.
Here, there is a fork in the road. Either head home towards Shepparton or turn towards Benalla where you will be met with a kaleidoscope of colour.
Just three years ago the town’s first mural was painted during the inaugural Wall to Wall Festival and now the streets are speckled with artworks.
But they won’t be there forever.

- Jessica Ball

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