Cowell silo artwork complete

COMPLETE: The sun sets on the finished product.
COMPLETE: The sun sets on the finished product.

This week has seen the completion of the Cowell silos after three weeks of work, with Lionel Deer, his camel Diamantina and a Port Lincoln parrot the main subjects of the artwork.

Franklin Harbour Community Development Group member Stacey Franklin said the group "couldn't be happier" with the final project, which was a culmination of community fundraising and a grant from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal.

"We've had an overwhelmingly positive response from the community," she said.

Mrs Franklin said it would be difficult to come across a member of the Cowell community who did not know local legend Lionel Deer, who is featured in the work.

She said Mr Deer was most known for bringing his camels to the Cowell Christmas Pageant for more than 30 years.

Artist Austin 'Nitsua' Moncrieff met Mr Deer two years ago before deciding to put him in his work.

"I was inspired by his unique character, larrikinism, sense of humour and even his creative spark - I knew he was the perfect subject for this platform," Mr Moncrieff said.

"I wanted to paint something unique, and contrast it with a hyper real colour palette."

Mrs Franklin said the town had seen a "steady flow" of visitors stopping by to watch Mr Moncrieff and supporting artist Michael 'Schmick' Motteram-Smith work.

Mr Motteram-Schmick also created a mural of his own at the Cowell sporting complex depicting the town's oyster industry.

SUBJECT: Local legend Lionel Deer watches the progress as his face and his camel is painted onto the Cowell silos. Photos: Supplied

SUBJECT: Local legend Lionel Deer watches the progress as his face and his camel is painted onto the Cowell silos. Photos: Supplied

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