Waimate's Silos in the News
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Media Release 16 Feb 2018
Silo art for Waimate
Waimate will be home to one of New Zealand’s largest pieces of street art, with confirmation that local artist Bill Scott is to paint the town’s landmark grain silos.
The project is being sponsored by Transport Waimate Ltd, which owns the silos. The company has commissioned Bill Scott to paint the four silos, which were opened in 1921.
Transport Waimate director Barry Sadler said Resene Paint was donating the paint for the artwork.
‘Bill’s street art has been a great asset to the district for a while now, but having the silos as a canvas definitely takes it to another level. There’s a tremendous amount of history in our town, and we’re proud to be part of that.’
Grain silos art is popular in Australia, and contributes to growing tourism in small communities similar to Waimate District, he said.
Asked about what’s planned to be painted on the silos, he said that was under wraps for now.
‘It will be historic, and it will be eye-catching.’
The silos are 35m high, and were the first of their kind in New Zealand.
Transport Waimate Ltd, established in 1946, is one of the longest-running businesses in Waimate district.
Oamaru Mail Feb 27 2018
Waimate residents can look forward to seeing one of the largest pieces of street art in New Zealand when the town’s historic grain silos are painted.
Stuff Mar 15 2018
Artist Bill Scott sees painting the town's silos as an opportunity to celebrate more of the South Canterbury town of Waimate's history.
Scott has painted four or five murals around the town which were all about "celebrating what we do here".
ODT Mar 16 2018
The concrete grain silos at Transport Waimate's Queen St yard have been getting a lot of attention lately.
Since 1934, the four hand-built 30m-tall silos have towered over the town of about 2700, but heads have turned this week as work begins to transform each one into a large-scale mural.
Timaru Herald Apr 10 2018
A massive mural project is well on the way to becoming a major tourist attraction in Waimate.
The project is the brainchild of Transport Waimate boss Barry Sadler, who has enlisted the help of Waimate artist Bill Scott.
The four silos will eventually be adorned with giant murals that give historic perspective to the area.