Tucked away off the busy Goolwa Terrace is an interesting park full of Australian plants native to the area and a pathway leading through them, dotted with interpretive signage. The signs explain how the plants were used by the local indigenous Ngarrindjeri people for food and medicine. The park was created in 2007 as a joint project between the Alexandrina Council, the Ngarrindjeri people and local artists and is intended to bring people into a welcoming and healing space to learn a bit of history as you meander through.
A new and eye catching work of art has joined other colourful pieces around the town of Goolwa on the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia. Goolwa is a Cittaslow Town and in the spirit of that whole concept, a Friendship Seat has been created out of stone and covered in a colourfully tiled mosaic.
I’ve long been a fan of street art and often go in search of it, especially in cities where it’s easier to find lots of pieces in a concentrated area. You can however find walls in suburbs, towns and the odd standout single piece like silos or water towers adorned with spectacular artwork all around Australia.
There’s a lookout area that you can drive into as you enter the town of Victor Harbor on the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia that’s often overlooked by those of us familiar with the area. The view is always something that grabs your attention as you drive into the town and is one that makes you go wow as you see the big blue expanse of water come into view. From here you can also see Granite Island and the causeway that leads to it, and the hills of Victor Harbor with houses sprawling in all directions.
The spring school holiday time is just about to start in South Australia and soon families will be loading up cars and caravans and heading off for a couple of weeks of respite from the rat race. The weather is still a bit unpredictable at the moment, 30 degrees one day and 16 with rain the next so many will still be looking to head north to better their chances of good weather. Yorke Peninsula is always a good choice and further north the Flinders Ranges will also be popular at this time of year too. Continue reading
A while ago I wrote about the Hills Sculpture Trail where you can travel to various locations in the hills and into the Fleurieu Peninsula region to discover world class sculptures. A map and brochure on where to find the sculptures can be picked up at tourist outlets, councils and libraries in the Adelaide Hills. To whet your appetite here are a few more to look for.
I’ve written before of how I’m a big fan of street art or urban art especially when it brightens up what would otherwise be a dingy laneway or when it shines a light on otherwise unused areas of blank urban wall space.
The other art that catches my eye when travelling are sculptures or statues. Not so much the historic statues of explorers or founding fathers sitting or standing in posed positions but rather the more modern takes on statues that are dedicated to citizens of a community or a way of life in a certain region.