St Arnaud artist works 800 hours to complete town's new silo art

The latest addition to Victoria's Silo Art Trail has been unveiled in the Wimmera region town of St Arnaud.

Created by St Arnaud artists Kyle Torney, the work took more than 800 hours to create.

Torney's masterpiece - titled Hope - depicts the gold mining history of the town, particularly the 1800s when gold shaped the town.

After consulting local residents to chooose one of four design ideas, Torney completed between 30 and 40 trips up and down the silo each day to ensure the the piece was in proportion from a distance.

Grampians Tourism chief executive Marc Sleeman said the piece showed Torney's exceptional talent.

"The Silo Art Trail is a popular attraction with visitors to the area," he said.

"With the creation of this new artwork visitors can start the tour at St Arnaud and will help grow tourism to the local town.

"Mr Torney is an exceptionally talented artist and a real advocate for tourism to the area, we feel very lucky to have his work in our region."

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Torney is a sixth-generation resident of St Arnaud who has completed a number murals throughout the town.

"Street art really brings the community together through pride which I have found through my murals," he said. "I called the silo art Hope which is reflective of the gold mining period but also resonates with the current climate.

"It's great to be able to create something that will help to increase tourism to the region. St Arnaud is a great place to visit and like all of Victoria has been hit hard but by COVID-19 restrictions."

St Arnaud's silo art - Hope - can be viewed from McMahon Street, St Arnaud.

The Silo Art Trail now stretches more than 200 kilometres from St Arnaud to Rupanyup.

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