Public Art in the west of South Australia

We travelled from just north of Adelaide to Whyalla on the Eyre Peninsula, then to Penong via Lock and home through Kimba.

On the way, we caught some pretty good examples of Public Art and Culture for the PPAC#57 challenge.

Whyalla’s community created the iconic cuttlefish seat as part of a project under the guidance of artist, Karen Carr, as part of Cuttlefest 2018. It is surrounded by little information circles and four small stools with other sea creatures and ecology.

Haswell’s Shore Crab and Snapper above

The diver sculpture is on the Whyalla foreshore and was created by YvonneDorward, acknowledging the natural environment and human interaction.

The steel globe, made of steel smelted in Whyalla, was erected by the Rotary Club and recognises the countries of origins of the area’s immigrants. My own father, when he came from Poland after WWII, was sent to the Iron Triangle.

Lock is a small town on the Eyre Peninsula that gave us this shop wall, completed by a passing traveller,

And this Big Thing, a full-sized real-life wheat lumping scene.

It is built from stones that came from house ruins of various properties in the area, circa 1920s, an elevator from the Lock Museum and scales made in 1885.

Kimba provided us with another community art project led by Karen Carr, in the form of a mosaic of Kimba’s Iconic Species.

Eleven native Australian Species are depicted, including birds, animals, reptiles and plants.

The Kimba Mosaic is made up of photos of people and places in Kimba, created by 6 year 6/7 learners and their teacher in 2017. 

Near and far provide different pictures.

And finally the silo art of Kimba, created by Melbourne artist Cam Scale, in 2017, taking 26 days and 200litres of paint.

The feature picture is of a wall in Kimba and Eyre is pronounced ‘air’.

Travel safe and appropriate the culture.


  1. I enjoyed going through this post slowly and then going back through it again to see even more. You have a wealth of variety in public art in this one post – mosaics, murals, statues or sculptures. The big thing is fabulous. It almost looks like a painting from a distance. I love the details like how much paint the mural took. Fabulous post for PPAC.


    1. Thank you so much, Marsha. I didn’t realise how much there was until I got to the end, and probably could have split it, but I think these towns would see themselves as a region.


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