Hundreds of residents turned out for a farewell evening at The Foundations for Guido Van Helten as he finishes up his artworks on the Portland silo’s on Saturday, May 26.
Residents were able to watch as he started the first painting of a woman on the large-scale canvas.
Portland Business Association hosted a sausage sizzle while residents sat around fire pits for warmth.
The evening included a formal speech by Mr Van Helten who thanked everyone for their support of the project.
“I just want to thank Portland and thank you for having the foresight that art can change a community,” Mr Van Helten said.
“I’m super excited for this to be a monument in history, where you can all celebrate the site.
“I hope you can all look at the site in a new way.”
Another artwork comes to life
The latest artwork at The Foundations has been revealed as Portland’s Yvonne Hogan, who was previously employed at the Cement Works. Yvonne was present at artist Guido Van Helten’s farewell on Saturday, May 26, and she witnessed the portrait coming to life.
“Guido spoke to me about it, so I knew it was happening, but to see it is a different thing. I’m proud to have been chosen,” she said.
Mrs Hogan worked in administration at the Cement Works for a number of years before moving on to pursue other passions.