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Published February 9th 2015
Pondering the Past while Admiring the Art
There has been a lot of work done on the road between Melbourne and Adelaide to make it a more pleasant and safe drive, but unfortunately none of it is able to shorten the length of the journey in order to prevent kids from becoming a travelling parent's nightmare. That was until the community at Kaniva banded together and came up with a great piece of street (oops, I mean sheep) art.
Windmill Cafe and Visitor Centre - Travel Victoria
Kaniva is the last town this side of the border, and has been famous for its landmark Windmill Café and Visitor Centre for many years. However lower airfares, road improvements and other means of communication meant that travellers had alternatives, and stopping at this town that is roughly midway between Melbourne and Adelaide dropped in popularity.
In 2012 the Kaniva community came up with an idea to honour the sheep and woolgrowing heritage of the past, and to provide some visual street art which provides a pleasant attraction for passers-by and for parents with bored kids. A call then went out to the broader community groups to adopt and paint a fibreglass constructed sheep that would be placed along Kaniva's main street.
The end result is now 37 sheep placed in various locations, each with an association and a meaning. Each member of the flock has been painted in some bright and symbolic colours, and each painting is different except for one item - a motif of a tiny windmill that has been hidden somewhere on the sheep.
So the next time you are travelling through Kaniva, en-route to or from Adelaide, why not stop at the Windmill Café, stretch the legs, help yourself to some coffee and cake, and then set the kids off on a series of sheep-art games including finding all the sheep, locating the motifs, and perhaps counting them all. You never know, the kids might find 40 sheep and it may help them sleep the rest of the journey.