Tumby silo art starts

Painting started on the Tumby Bay silos over the weekend after artist Argentinian muralist Martin Ron spent last week gathering information about and experiencing the culture of Tumby Bay.

Mr Ron said the week he spent in the community influenced the design of the mural, which he is keeping a secret.

He said the 30-metre tall by 60-metre long mural was one of the biggest he had ever painted and the first time he had painted on a rounded structure.

Mr Ron said he would project the image on the silos during the night to outline the image, as the silos’ cylindrical structure made painting difficult.

He said the mural could only be viewed from a select point of view and a viewing platform has been constructed on the north side of Bratten Road, about 100 metres down the road from the entrance to Tumby Bay. 

Mr Ron said he wanted to paint the “little lifestyle of Tumby Bay” on a big scale.

“I love exotic and remote (places)...I’m from Buenos Aires, big stress, big noise,” he said.

“I love the contrast.

“Tumby Bay has potential – very tourist (centric) – nobody knows Tumby Bay.

“Here is like paradise.”

Mr Ron said the mural would take about a month to complete. 

He said this was his first time visiting the Eyre Peninsula and he loved the lifestyle the region had to offer.

He has already been fishing and enjoyed eating King George whiting caught near Tumby Bay.

Mr Ron is being assisted by painter Matt Gorrick, who hails from Sydney.

Project leader Dion Lebrun said the image Mr Ron had chosen depicted an aspect of life that anyone who had lived in or visited Tumby Bay would instantly recognise.

He said Mr Ron had been “poring” through history books and photographs until he decided upon the image for the mural.

“Anyone that’s ever lived here will relate to it and anyone that ever will live here will relate to it,” Mr Lebrun said.

“He’s the best in the world at what he does.”