Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

City's Canvas Colourful Ideas to Feature Silos; Opportunity to Turn Bland Structures into Public Art

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

City's Canvas Colourful Ideas to Feature Silos; Opportunity to Turn Bland Structures into Public Art

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Byline: Noor Gillani Noor.Gillani@gladstoneobserver.com.au

GLADSTONE'S grain silos could be getting a facelift.

Consideration is being made by various groups regarding the fate of the 55m tall, 20m wide structures at Auckland Point, which are the property of GrainCorp.

A Gladstone Ports Corporation spokeswoman said it was supportive of any initiative which enhanced the region's liveability, and GPC had considered options for the silos which would complement the East Shores 1B precinct.

"GPC has been investigating the possibility of a light display onto the structures," the spokeswoman said.

"The artistic use of silos in other cities and towns throughout Australia have received a positive response.

"Given the silos' location, there is a strong possibility it would complement the surrounding tourist attractions and vantage points and would be well received by residents and visitors alike."

She said any project would have to be completed in liaison with GrainCorp.

A GrainCorp spokesman said the company supported a silo art project in Gladstone, with painting and illumination both viable options.

"As a founding partner of the Silo Art Trail, we have seen the inspiration it can provide as the trail grows across the country," he said.

"Our first silo art project in Queensland is at Thallon, which has received a huge response. Gladstone would be a sensational location for the next silo art project."

The spokesman said GrainCorp's contribution would include the silos as a canvas, along with legal, media, operational and safety support throughout the project.

"We have been part of the Gladstone community for over 30 years, so we would happily make the (silos) available for a community project working with the council, port authority and the public to make sure it reflects the Gladstone community and its people," he said.

Funds for other aspects of the operation would need to come from the community or government grants, with potential costs including machinery hire, insurance premiums, upgrading of fencing/access ways, materials and travel expenses for workers. …

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