One of the first silo art we visited was the Rochester Silo Art. The artwork which took 26 days to complete blew us away. It’s truly incredible the talent of these silo artists. To paint such detail on such a magnitude scale. It was the 22nd silo art to be painted as part of the Australian Silo Art Trail.
The artwork was created by artist Jimmy DVate in 2018 and named Campaspe River-Azure Kingfisher. Amazing how 116 litres of spray can paint and 90 litres of Dulux Weathershield can create. One thing is for sure if the paint was in my hands the results would be completely different!!
Since visiting the Rochester Silo artwork we have also witnessed Jimmy DVate’s other artwork on the Goulburn Valley Water Tank in Kyabram, brightly coloured parrot at Picola and the gorgeous Clydesdale at Gooroombat which forms part of the North East Victoria silo art trail.
Rochester Silo Artwork
We love Jimmy DVate’s artwork. Jimmy DVate has captured the Azure Kingfisher perfectly in our opinion. There are 2 silos painted, one capturing the Azure Kingfisher perched on a red river gum branch. The bright blue of the Azure Kingfisher really stands out and makes for a perfect photo especially when the sky is blue.
The second silo is of a Squirrel Glider. Again the way the artist captures the glider is incredible. How does he do it?
Squirrel Gliders are an endangered specie hence Jimmy DVate opting to paint a Sugar Glider. On the artwork see if you can see the nesting box.
History of the silo’s
The silos which are no longer in use were built in 1941. There is information boards to provide tourists information about the silos, artist and the artwork.
2018 was our first visit to admire one of my favourite silo artwork. Back in 2018 you could drive up and take a photo of your vehicle in front of the artwork. On our recent visit in 2021 this area has now been cordoned off to enable people to obtain uninterrupted photos. Today there are picnic tables for those wanting to recharge and take a break for what might be a very long journey. After admiring the artwork we always stroll into the historical township of Rochester which is just minutes walk away. We are yet to explore the Museum at Rochester Station.
Other places to explore
When visiting the Rochester Silo Art, don’t forget to check out the 12 pieces of artwork along the Northern Highway. If time permits, stroll around the historical country town. It is a delightful town. Then there’s the museum at the railway station.
If you’re looking for other areas of interest in Regional Victoria or places to explore artwork, click on the below links on some of the places we’ve explored. Some are a little further afield but well worth the visit:
- Colbinabbin Silo Art, Colbinabbin
- Kyabram Water Tank Art, Kyabram
- Greens Lake Recreation Reserve Campground, Corop
- Picola Silo Art, Picola
- Barmah National Park
- Redesdale Water Tank Art, Redesdale
- Silo Art Trail, North East Victoria
Rochester Silo Art Location
Rochester Silo Art is situated to the North of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia in the beautiful country town of Rochester.
- 18 Ramsay Street, Rochester, Victoria 3561
- Approximately 196km, 2hrs 20mins from Melbourne CBD
- Approximately 27km, 21mins from Echuca
- Approximately 50km, 36mins from Rushworth
Do you love exploring the silo artworks? We’d love to hear about your experiences and any places you recommend we should explore. There are so many artworks popping up, from silo to the water tanks and street murals.