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DVate’s third silo a triumph

By Benalla Ensign

With Wall to Wall over for another year Benalla and district is left with a massive outdoor exhibition created by some of the world’s premier street-artists.

One of those highly-acclaimed artists, Jimmy DVate, returned to Wall to Wall this year to paint a third silo in ‘‘The Town with the Big Art’’ — Goorambat.

The town itself is no stranger to Wall to Wall with the impressive Sophia by Adnate dominating the local church, and large murals on its two other silos.

The latest silo to get the artistic treatment is the third in a series by DVate and features three Clydesdale horses that resided in Goorambat.

When speaking with The Ensign the day he started painting DVate said the third silo would take on a historical theme as opposed to the conservation-based themes of the previous two.

‘‘It is still focussing on animals, so for me it’s a perfect fit,’’ DVate said.

‘‘A lot of people in this area have grown up with horses, so it will hopefully resonate with local people and visitors.

‘‘The horses depicted were locally based, they ended up living in the north, but they were born here.’’

The Clydesdales in question were working horses from a time long before automation, which were bred at the Lavereen Stud Farm in the 1920s.

The farm was founded by Martin James Talbot and named after his family home in the Republic of Ireland.

The town will celebrate its latest tourist attraction during the Easter long weekend with the town hall open from 9.30am to 3pm on Saturday and Sunday.

The Railway Hotel will also be open for lunch and dinner on Saturday and for lunch on Sunday.

For those without the time to stop for lunch while travelling the silo-art-trail there will be a sausage sizzle.

Goorambat and District Community Group member Anne-Marie Greenway will operate a stall in the town hall raising money for the Cancer Council through the sale of crafts, food and souvenirs.