Gen Fyansford developer sponsors a new
local landmark in silo murals
RPM client ICD Property, the developer behind Geelong’s largest infill land estate, has sponsored a stunning new artistic landmark for Fyansford residents. It worked with Adelaide Brighton Cement to commission an internationally acclaimed artist to paint murals of inspiring local residents on the unused cement silos at Fyansford Hill.
ICD Property, which partnered with Thai-based developer Supalai to bring the 1,000 lot Gen Fyansford estate to fruition, brought Geelong born and bred artist Tyrone “Rone” Wright on board for the project. Though Rone has spent his recent years jetsetting to his series of works in cities such as New York and London, he is a former Curlewis resident and East Geelong Tech student, so he was a perfect choice for the initiative.
ICD Property deputy managing director Matthew Khoo said, “The project team, including the artist, have deliberately selected local people for the portrait murals, who represent different perspectives. Such perspectives contribute to the uniqueness of Geelong and its people.”
Rone expressed his passion for the project: “I’m delighted to be painting the large-scale portraits of three local, relatable individuals who each represent different chapters of the broader Geelong story.”
The models for the mural portraits are; Corrina Eccles, Cor Horsten and Kelly Cartwright. Corrina works for the Traditional Owner Corporation, Wadawurrung Aboriginal Corporation and is a direct descendent of Queen Mary of the Wadawurrung. Cor worked at the cement works site for 35 years, and Kelly is a Paralympic dual gold medallist.
Rone explains, “Corrina helps pay homage to our First Peoples, and Cor to our industrial history. Kelly demonstrates the hard work and resilience required to overcome disability to reach her potential – particularly relevant as Geelong shores-up it’s positioning as a centre of disability service excellence.”
Geelong was listed as an International City of Design in October 2017, and the local council has expressed its support for this project in adding to the city’s artistic character. Enterprise Geelong and events manager, Tim Ellis said, “Public art can play a key role in creating quality public places, telling local stories, expressing civic pride, developing cohesive communities and enhancing local cultural identity.”