Silo Art

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 built 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 was popular in Australia, and contributed 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.

Kate O'Connell