Silo art is coming to Murray Bridge

The federal government will put $88,500 towards an artwork on Viterra's silos, similar to those at Coonalpyn and Karoonda.

Public art officer Tegan Hale, MP Tony Pasin and council CEO Michael Sedgman look forward to seeing an artwork on Murray Bridge’s silos. Photo: Office of Tony Pasin.

Murray Bridge is about to get some silo art.

As I reported last August, grain handling company Viterra – which owns the city’s silos – and the local council have been interested in getting something painted on them.

The problem was funding.

Council staff estimated that an artwork could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Well, the federal government has come to the party.

It will get the ball rolling with an $88,500 grant from the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand Fund.

Mayor Brenton Lewis hoped the artwork – whatever it ended up looking like – would act as a beacon to visitors and locals alike.

“It will ... inspire a sense of community pride and appreciation of this beautiful rural city,” he said.

It could also form part of a trail of public artworks scattered around Murray Bridge’s central business district.

Federal MP Tony Pasin hoped tourism and the arts would benefit from Murray Bridge joining towns such as Karoonda and Coonalpyn on the Australian Silo Art Trail.

The council had previously flagged that students from nearby schools and the operators of major attractions such as Monarto Safari Park might get a say about what kind of image should be painted on the silos.

What would you put on there?

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