by Laura Telford
BY THE end of next month, Thallon will have the first silos in Queensland to be covered by artwork.
The mural will be created by street artists, Travis Vinson and Joel Fergie, with the image, approved by residents, depicting a dramatic view of life on the land.
Painting on the silos will begin on June 29, with work expected to take three weeks the final reveal will be on July 20.
The project has been in the works for over two years, led by the Thallon Progress Association Project Manager, Leanne Brosnan.
"It is so exciting to see this amazing project finally become a reality,
"Local residents have contributed ideas and photographs to be used in the design and the community also contributed financial support through donations via a GoFundMe Campaign," said Mrs Brosnan.
"This project has been a community effort and includes funding contributions from the Balonne Shire Council, Arts Queensland, GrainCorp, Taubmans, Rural Affinity Insurance and the Royal Flying Doctor Service - Drought and Wellbeing Program.
GrainCorp's Queensland Regional Manager, Brad Fosters, said GrainCorp were excited to be working on the project.
"GrainCorp has been part of the Thallon community for over 70 years so when we were asked to contribute the canvas for the art project we were so excited to see what could be done.
"We are delighted to be able to contribute to a visually inspiring and important community initiative, which will attract more visitors to this wonderful part of Queensland," said Mr Fosters.
Balonne Shire Mayor, Richard Marsh said Council was happy to support the project as the artwork will be a drawcard for tourists to the area.
"I congratulate the organising committee on bringing this project to fruition and look forward to seeing the finished result. Council welcomes and encourages projects that will bring more tourists to our beautiful region," said Mr Marsh.
To follow the artwork's progress head to facebook.com/thallonpub and www.instagram.com/thallonpub.