The small farming town of Kimba on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula is hoping a new, largescale mural will provide an economic boost.
Melbourne artist Cam Scale spent weeks painting the artwork on grain silos, which are 25 metres tall and stretch to 60 metres wide.
The idea was borne from a local community group looking for ways to use art to promote the town.
The rural community has been deeply divided in recent months over a proposal to locate a nuclear dump nearby, but the project allowed locals to come together.
“It has been an amazing community project, so many people have got behind it,” said Heather Baldock, from the Kimba Community Development Group.
“There have been so many community members who have contributed time or finances.”
Silo art is a growing phenomenon across rural Australia, as small towns battling decline seek to inject colour back into their communities.
The Kimba mural will be officially opened on Friday night, but Ms Baldock said it was already drawing a crowd.
The huge artwork, depicting a young child in a wheat field at sunset, has been given a big tick of approval by locals.
“Being on Highway One we have a lot of people who go straight past Kimba, so this great attraction is bringing more people into our town,” she said.
Ms Baldock said the economic spinoffs for local businesses would be huge.
“We’re already seeing a marked increase in the number of people walking around our main street and checking out the other things we have,” she said.
“We’re a small agricultural rural community and we can always do with a bit of an economic boost.”
It’s also provided a big morale boost for the community.
“The whole community’s really proud of our silos. They’ve all gotten on board and felt like they were part of it,” Ms Baldock said.
“It’s awesome. Cam Scale has turned this blank canvas into something that is really remarkable and the accolades for his work are coming from right across Australia.”