An interesting drive to take in South Australia where you can also find a heap of public art is to take a loop of the Fleurieu Peninsula. These are just some examples of what the region has in store so there’s plenty left to discover for yourself if you’re looking to visit for a day trip or longer.
Starting at Aldinga you can find a series of 6 hearts all painted by different artists. This art installation is called ‘Love Aldinga’ and this particular heart was designed by Allan Sumner and depicts Kauwi Ngaltinga (Aldinga Beach) featuring aboriginal artwork and symbols of lines connecting three major campsites, with a Kaurna bark shield in the middle. You can find the hearts on Old Coach Road.Driving south to Normanville and there are a number of pieces to look for as you drive through town and head towards the jetty. There are some standout murals depicting different aspects of the town including a leafy sea dragon on the public toilets near the jetty. The artists responsible were Matt Jonas and local youth. A sculpture nearby, called ‘Flowing as One’ was created by Jane Smeets, Nancy Stockmann and local community members and represents ‘the flow of creative thought, the community and the environment as one’.
From here you can take a drive to the other side of the peninsula to Victor Harbor and you will find the latest edition to the town’s artwork, a full wall mural in Ocean Street created by Nicole Black. The brilliantly bright mural of a flowering gum was inspired by the colours of the region.
Drive to Middleton and you’ll find lots of art around this popular surf town including the eye catching mural on a wall of the Middleton Tavern. This depicts the visiting Southern Right whales that call Middleton home during the winter months. A newer addition to see as you drive through town is a prominent fence painted by artist Barbery O’Brien. This climate change extinction rebellion mural was commissioned by local residents.
Heading away from the Fleurieu coast region, drive towards Mt Compass and in the centre of town you can find this mosaic cow and calf statue, a nod to this dairy producing area.These are just a few of the artworks to find in this colourful region of South Australia, enjoy the journey and the discovery.Glenys