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Kaniva Sheep Art Trail

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Published January 30th 2022
Celebrating Kaniva's sheep history
kaniva sheep art trail
Near silo art

Spanning almost a kilometre from the town's silo art to its wetlands, the Kaniva sheep art trail features a flock of sheep as well as two sheepdogs. Each sheep was painted by locals and has a name, story and QR code attached to it. Scanning the code will lead you to more information about the sheep.

kaniva sheep art trail
Along main street

The town uses its abundant underground water supply and to symbolise this, a Big Windmill has been erected at the corner of Commercial Street and Madden Street. Those with an observant eye would notice that all the sheep have one thing in common - a tiny windmill is hidden on each of them!

kaniva sheep art trail
By the Big Windmill

You might be thinking, as I did, "Why sheep?". Well, it was local artist Sharon Merrett's idea to embark on a community arts project in celebration of her hometown's sheep history. Local businesses and community groups donated money and the project was run by volunteers. Since its inception in 2010, the number of painted sheep has been expanded to over forty. Do stop and check them out next time you're passing through Kaniva en route from Melbourne to Adelaide or vice versa.

kaniva sheep art trail
In wetlands

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Why? Celebrating Kaniva's sheep history
When: Anytime
Where: Spanning from silo art to wetlands
Cost: Free
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