A series of mosaic pieces will be placed along Tumby Bay’s foreshore walking trail to tell the story of the town’s marine life.
The ‘Leafy to Sleepy Connection’ project will see 10 mosaics depicting sea creatures, their environment and food supply embedded into the trail between the jetty and caravan park.
The mosaics start in the deep water with the town’s iconic leafy sea dragons and progress to the shore, finishing with the sleepy lizard.
Artist Karen Carr guided community members in creating the mosaics in a workshop at the Senior Citizens Hall from January 2 to 5.
Mrs Carr said the project was a chance to tells a story about Tumby Bay’s unique marine wildlife.
“The leafy sea dragon is a super star here in Tumby Bay and attracts many people to come and dive with them,” she said.
“It’s important to tell about the ecosystem around the sea dragons.”
As well as leafy sea dragons the mosaics will depict lesser known creatures including the stripy pajama squid, vermillion biscuit sea star and nudibranch.
At least 50 people of all ages attended the workshops with those who put together the mosaics learning how to grind and shape pieces before placing them onto the picture.
Up to 1000 pieces are estimated to make up the 60 centimetre artworks.
The workshops included presentations from speakers who provided information on the animals, such as Dr Greg Kerr who gave a presentation on sleepy lizards.
Mrs Carr said Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula also cooperated in providing information.
She said everyone who participated have contributed to something that would enhance the Tumby Bay foreshore even more, and can inform others of the town’s marine life.
“All these people who made these can be proud and pass on these stories to the next generation and visitors,” she said.
The project was possible through funding for interpretive signage as a part of the Residents Win grant acquired by Tumby Bay District Council for the foreshore trail.