Floating in and out of view with the changing of the tide, a delicate octopus resting on a bed of rocks is the newest addition to the Myall River Art Walk.
Best viewed from the height of the Singing Bridge the fully glazed ceramic octopus, created by local artist Leigh Allen reflects the importance of the waterways and marine life in the area.
With its large bulging eyes, bulbous head and eight distinct tentacles, you would be forgiven for thinking it was a real octopus.
The Myall River Art Walk, displaying more than 28 pieces of art throughout the Tea Gardens and Hawks Nest areas, serves as an outdoor gallery reflecting the culture, history and environment of the area.
The artworks are installed both on land and in water and include everything from sculptures, mosaics, murals, paintings and poetry to a floating shed.
Myall River Art Walk spokesperson Leigh Allen said the project aims to promote the talents of local artists while creating an attraction for both locals and visitors.
“All the pieces are completed by local artists and local groups and we particularly try and involve children in many of the projects,” she said.
“Everything is a reflection of the area with plaques to explain many of the artworks.”
Mrs Allen said the artworks were completed on a shoestring budget with the project linked to Gallery in the Gardens which provides a further opportunity for local artists to exhibit their work.
From a pelican soaring above a telegraph pole made completely from recycled materials to a number of practical “Bat Flats” for micro bats, the range of artistic skills and creativity on display is extensive.
Mrs Allen said the development of the Art Walk is ongoing with continual maintenance and new works regularly being installed.
The octopus can be viewed in the Myall River from the southern side of the Tea Gardens end of the bridge.
By Daniel SAHYOUN