Goroke Silo Art
New Zealand-born artist Geoffrey Carran worked closely with the Goroke community and West Wimmera Shire Council to develop the concept for the silo art.
The 900-square-metre mural depicts a kookaburra, magpie, and galah, in front of a Wimmera landscape. The native birds are significant to the town and region and the word Goroke is the local Aboriginal word for magpie.
The mural was completed in late 2020 and took seven weeks to complete
About the Artist
Geoffrey Carran is a contemporary artist based on the Surf Coast. He is known for his unique paintings of birds and plants on murals throughout Australia. He has previously exhibited both in Australia and internationally. His murals also often feature in rural and remote regions of Australia as a way to bring art and cultural engagement to those communities.
The story of how it all unfolded and reinvigorated the community has been immortalised in a fantastic documentary by Bryan Hynes, ‘Birds Eye View’.
Painting the silos
Painting began in September 2020 and took about seven weeks to complete. Both the kookaburra and magpie are more than 10 metres high. See photos of the painting process and a time lapse video below.