LOCAL COLOUR: The grain silos in Thallon have undergone a transformation in recent weeks and now sport a beautiful vista embodying all the great aspects of living in the region.
LOCAL COLOUR: The grain silos in Thallon have undergone a transformation in recent weeks and now sport a beautiful vista embodying all the great aspects of living in the region. Laura Telford

Grain silos become a beautiful site in Thallon

DRIVING into Thallon, you will now cast your eyes over perhaps the most magnificent sight in Queensland - beautifully painted grain silos.

Officially unveiled today, the project, which has been years in the making, is a pictorial depiction of what residents hold most dear.

The mural is a continuous picture, thought to be the only one of its kind in Queensland.

Brisbane-based mural artists Travis Vison and Joel Fergie have more than 20 years combined experience in this kind of painting and were very excited to come and be part of the project.

The mural has taken three weeks to paint and the artists used an airgun and spray cans to create the masterpiece, using only an A4 drawing as a guide.

"We wanted the community to look up to the silos as the sun sets each day and be reminded of why they love the land they live in," Mr Fergie said.

"Thallon have welcomed us in and from the very beginning all the locals have been very friendly."

In a project statement, the artists wrote: "Our concept is based around a collection of imagery from the region, which is important as we believe that collaborating with the community will lead to a strong sense of pride and ownership.

"Our objective is to make the work beautiful in order to draw travellers to the town but also to tell a story and encourage its viewers to become more familiar with the town of Thallon."

Leanne Brosnan, Thallon progress association secretary and manager of the silo project, said the idea first came about in March 2015 after the town decided it needed to reinvigorate itself.

"We needed some good news in Thallon and something that was uniquely us, so at a meeting this was one of the ideas we came up with," Mrs Brosnan said.

"From there, Graincorp came on board very quickly, as did the artists, but we still had to come up with funds.

"Then in September last year, painters Travis and Joel came out and we created the concept, which they have done a great job painting."

The artists also painted two murals at Thallon State School during their visit.



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