The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were presented with an image of Geelong cement silos painted by renowned Victorian street artist Tyrone Wright (Rone), by the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, and her husband, Anthony Howard QC, on behalf of the people of Victoria.
The Governor and Mr Howard presented the gift to the TRH The Duke and Duchess of Sussex during their visit to Government House Victoria.
Rone’s work has been acquired by the National Gallery of Australia. He has been commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria to work with Jean Paul Gaultier, and has been shown by galleries in London, Berlin and New York.
Rone has also painted wheat silos in Lascelles, Victoria, which are part of a 200 kilometre Silo Art Trail snaking through Victoria’s Western Wimmera/Mallee region.
This development has revitalised the silo towns and brought thousands of new visitors to the region.
The artist’s description of the artwork pictured:
(Left) Corrina Eccles is a direct descendant of Queen Mary of the Wadawurrung of central Victoria.
(Centre) Cor Horsten worked at this site for over 35 years. Cor now volunteers his time at a local retirement home and hand makes wooden toys that are gifted to children about to go into surgery.
(Right) Kelly Cartwright grew up in Portarlington, just outside Geelong. At 15, due to an aggressive cancer, she had her right leg removed. Despite this, she has since won Gold & Silver Medals at the Paralympics in Long Jump & 100 Metre Sprint.
View the card presented with the image: