During the winter months, swarms of Giant Australian Cuttlefish move into the shallow rocky waters off Whyalla's coast. This makes Whyalla an amazing location not only in South Australia but also in the world. As a result, multiple cuttlefish-inspired public art pieces have surfaced in various spaces around town.
One of my favourites is the thong cuttlefish created by students from the local high school. The students used thongs that have unfortunately been scattered throughout the surrounding beaches to create their artwork. In addition to showcasing cuttlefish, they intend to draw awareness to marine debris and rubbish in the environment. You can see this creative piece of artwork hanging on the wall at the Whyalla Visitor Information Centre.
Local primary school students also played their part by painting an Indigenous cuttlefish mural on one of their school buildings. They not only painted but also designed the mural themselves. This colourful piece of artwork can be seen from the Norrie Avenue entrance to the school.
Other art pieces include a window mural at the dive shop on Playford Avenue, a fence mural at Sundowner Cabin Park, a diver sculpture on the foreshore, and another cuttlefish mural in the Hotel Eyre car park. As you drive into Whyalla from Port Augusta, you will find the visitor information centre on your left. Do stop by and grab yourself a town map to help navigate through this unique cuttlefish art trail.