The Australian-born van Helten will paint a large-scale mural on the eight-bin silos at the old Portland Cement Works site (the first cement factory in Australia), which is now known as ‘The Foundations’.
He will transform the mid-century cement silos, set on a site dormant since 1991 but still a focal point of the historic mining town.
Many of the original buildings in Portland were built by the cement works company for employees and still stand. Well-known Australian brand names now adorn many of the historic shops and buildings, creating a strong link to ‘yesteryear’ that is celebrated by the town.
“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 said.
The Foundations will be open to the public for the first time in April, and community members and tourists alike are welcome to the site as van Helten transforms 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 while also enjoying pop-up markets and food trucks. Toilets and showers are provided and pets are welcome. Guido
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Day visitors are also welcome without a pre-booked ticket, for a small donation to help restore the heritage buildings.
Based in the NSW Central Tablelands, Portland is part of the gateway to the Central West and is located between Oberon, Mudgee, Bathurst, Lithgow, and the Blue Mountains.
Portland is less than a two-hour drive from Sydney, and is a short drive from both the Great Western and Castlereagh highways.