Portland’s old cement works, is having it’s iconic silos painted in the first step for the planned reactivation for The Foundations, which will see the former industrial site transformed over coming months and years.
The silos are being painted by world renowned artist, Guido Van Helten, as part of a project that will turn The Foundations into a major visitor attraction in the Central West.
Further plans for the site include a world-class heritage precinct with museums, a gallery and retail experiences, creating a destination for visitors from all over the state, country as well as international visitors.
After researching the town and its citizens earlier in the year, Mr Van Helten chose the people he would paint on the side of the towering silos.
Mr Van Helten has chosen members of the community that had a connection to the former cement works and were still residing in town.
His subjects are being kept closely guarded secrets, until the artworks are revealed on the silos.
Owner of The Foundations, Martin O’Connell said Portland is quickly becoming known as an arts town, with its well-regarded annual art exhibition and the ‘Signs of Yesteryear’ which already adorn walls around the town.
The silo painting project has also been a drawcard for many locals who have waited years to see some activity at the site.
A weekly pop-up market and site tours during the months of April and May this year have seen over 600 people visit the site each weekend.
Over the coming months, new projects will be launched in the development that will celebrate the unique industrial heritage of Portland and the real story of the small regional town that built Sydney.