After an awesome response to our previous trip along the silo art trail, my family and I made a return to the North East Silo Art Trail. This time focusing on the revamped artwork on the Tungamah silo’s and then travelling west to the township of Rochester.
Having been made aware that West Australian artist Sobrane had returned to Tungamah and added to the artwork, she had previously painted, I thought it only fair to see what all the fuss was about, and to be honest, I was glad I did return.
Entering the township via the Tungamah-Telford Rd, my family and I were on the lookout for the bus shelter that Sobrane had also painted, unfortunately we didn’t find it. I’m not sure if we were on the wrong road or simply looked left when we should’ve looked right, I don’t know, it does however give us an excuse to return again.
Driving up through Tungamah towards the silo’s, you are met with a punch of pink, the first indication that this artwork has been altered. Parking across from the silo’s in Tungamah we were greeted by a completely revamped art display, on the shorter of the two silo’s. Previously the artwork on the shorter silo was soley a Kookaburra sitting on it’s perch. Sobrane has now transformed that into a collage of native birdlife, nestled amongst, what I would guess to be, a local canola field.
The original work of the Kookaburra remains, however, the addition of the canola field and Wren, with it’s teal blue helmet and tailfeathers, as well as the distinctive pink, white and grey Galah, has served to set a stunning scenery of iconic native birdlife.
The second, taller, silo, with the pair of Brolga’s that adorne it’s walls has been left untouched, to date, although I can’t help but wonder if Sobrane will return and add another layer of her wonderful skill set to this silo, maybe a representation of the local Boosey Creek? Only time will tell.
Moving on from Tungamah we ventured west to the township of Rochester, through the freshly bailed farming flats and irrigated dairy farm land, that is spread between the two country towns, even stopping at the Congupna Football Ground for a toilet break. Upon seeing the lushious greenery of the oval, I had to go out and “have a look”, anyone who has been obsessed with footy or cricket will understand that this investigation is a must.
Having never driven through Rochester, let alone stopped there, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the town. The eastern entry to the town has you pass over the picturesque Campaspe River, which I would later find out, also features in the towns silo art.
We made this trip on Melbourne Cup day and just happened to enter the town just as the “race that stops a nation” begun, kind of ironic as we didn’t stop and continued to drive around Rochester having a look around the town.
Crossing the train line, the Rochester silo’s really stand out for a number of reasons, like the other silo’s that we have previously visited, the artwork was again eyecatching and is a complete contrast to the industrial backdrop of the rail. Furthermore, there was something very different with this site, compared to its eastern cousins…you could litterally go up and touch the silo’s, as they are not fenced off. The foreground to the Rochester silo’s has been transformed into a grassy parkland, for everyone to relax on and enjoy the stunning artwork that towers above.
Artist Jimmy DVate has captured the quiet nature of a local Sugar Glider, perched upon a tree branch, on the silo closest to the rail, the silo closest to the road is adorned with a Kingfisher proudly showing off his latest catch, all set in front of the nearby Campaspe River.
Between the grassy area in front of these silo’s and the playground just across the road, the kids were able to stretch their legs and burn off some of the energy that they had been storing during their time in the car.
Our return to the North East Silo Art Trail was well worth it and I strongly recommend jumping in the car and taking a drive around the district, as the artwork on all the silo’s are more than just art, they are a trip through time, a history lesson and nature lesson all rolled into one.
Until next time use every opportunity you get to Adventure, Discover, Explore, Every Road.