Coffin Bay art project to add colour to stobie poles

POLE: Excited to get started on the stobie pole art project are Jayne Lane, Judy Slater, Barb Greenshields, Chris Chawula and Kerryn McEwan.
POLE: Excited to get started on the stobie pole art project are Jayne Lane, Judy Slater, Barb Greenshields, Chris Chawula and Kerryn McEwan.

A group of Coffin Bay residents are working to add some colour to local stobie poles as part of a community-wide art project.

The Coffin Bay Stobie Pole Art project will involve community members decorating stobie poles with painted and mosaic art around the theme of life in Coffin Bay.

The theme would include people and wildlife, as well as a few quirky designs.

Project coordinator Kerryn McEwan said the project was driven by a group of residents who felt there should be a bit more colour added to the foreshore.

"We have artistic people in town, including a mosaic group and we have more than 30 stobie poles between the entrance of Coffin Bay and the boat ramp which we felt could do with some colour," she said.

"We have approval from SA Power Networks for the artworks to go on certain poles and now we're at the point now where we're getting designs for the artworks."

Ms McEwan said a call was put out to the Coffin Bay community asking for artwork designs and it would get approval from the Lower Eyre Peninsula District Council before any artworks were put on the poles.

She said people in the Coffin Bay community were also being invited to have active participation in the project.

"We're hoping to involve as much of the community as possible, so anyone who wants to can take part in a mosaic or painting workshop to complete come of the artworks," she said.

The Coffin Bay Mosaics group will be involved as well, contributing artwork to some of the poles which would feature fish and marine life, as well as the local oyster industry.

Mosaic group teacher Jayne Lane said everyone was excited to be involved in the project.

"I think it will be great as a community art project," she said.

Anyone wanting to find out more or wants to be involved is invited to contact Ms McEwan on 0498 387 961.