Guido Van Helten Paints Portland Silos

Guido in Portland

Watch renowned mural artist Guido van Helten paint the old Portland Cement Silos!

29th March – 29th April 2018

Book a camping or caravan site and enjoy the pop-up markets, food trucks and watch this large scale artwork develop.

For more information and bookings, visit www.thefoundations.com.au

The Foundations in Portland NSW, formerly known as the Portland Cement Work site, will be open to the public for the first time in history this April.

Australian-born, internationally renowned visual artist and photographer, Guido van Helten has been commissioned to paint a large-scale mural on the 8-bin silos that dominate the local landscape.

Commissioned by AWJ Civil as an introductory aspect at The Foundations, a new development, van Helten will apply his unique process of community engagement, photography and mural painting to the town with a rich history and unique mix of art and industry.

The artist has painted throughout Australia and internationally, dotting regional and urban landscapes with his exploration of community and identity generated through photography and large-scale, site-specific mural installations.

His work has developed out of his keen interests in travel, photography, architecture and learning about cultures in connection with their landscapes. From Brim to Coonalpyn and now to Portland: van Helten will transform the mid-century cement silos – a focal point of the town and in turn bring renewed interest to the heritage location.

“It’s the first time I’ve worked in a heritage location with such significance to a place. I’m looking forward to bringing my approach to this important site for Portland and the region,” van Helten stated, “I’ve had a really nice week getting to know the folks in Portland and learning about some of the connections people have with the site and what it used to be like.”

Receiving attention for his work in regional communities around Australia, van Helten was nominated for the Sir John Sulman prize at the Art Gallery of NSW in 2016 for his work in the regional town of Brim, Victoria.

Community members and tourists alike are welcome to the site as the artist works during April 2018 to transform the 20m high silos that dominate the local landscape.

Camping sites ($10/night) and caravan / camper trailer sites ($15/night) are available to book, so you can watch the mural unfold. Toilets and showers are provided, and pets are welcome. Please note that the caravan sites are not suitable for camping due to the hard ground conditions, and concrete slabs in some areas.

van Helten's work in Jacksonville

van Helten’s work in Jacksonville Credit Iryna Kanishcheva

 

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