Mosaic project launched, art projected on lighthouse at Cape Jervis

Cape Jervis' arts community was thrust into the spotlight on Wednesday, August 28, with the opening of the Gateway Project and the Illuminart Travelling Light Show on the lighthouse.

The Gateway Project is something inspired by a small mosaic boat the community created at the entry to Cape Jervis.

The District Council of Yankalilla, on behalf of the community, received a $15,000 from SA Power Networks after a battery trial was launched in the town.

After community consultation, it was decided to use the funding to create a gateway into Cape Jervis.

Arts SA came on board to commission a new work which incorporated the mosaic boat and engaged a local artist and designer, Parawa resident Karl Meyer.

Mr Meyer is one of the state's most prolific artists, and through the commission he has created a piece for the gateway that can have a range of interpretations including ship wrecks, boat ribs, fish bones, whale ribs and waves.

The scale of the artwork offers a legible form within the long-site lines to traffic approaching Cape Jervis and highlights the backdrop of the native vegetation.

This project also led to the formation of the Cape Jervis Progress Association, who will now look for ways to further develop the site.

On August 28, the Gateway Project was officially opened by Mr Meyer, SA Power Networks strategic projects manager Michael Noske, and District Council of Yankalilla deputy mayor Simon Rothwell.

The ceremony also served as a celebration of the completion of the mosaic boat project, which was initiated and lead by well-known community member Joan Russo.

Numerous guests and community members attended the ceremony, before continuing to the Cape Jervis Lighthouse, where over 200 people were wowed by Illuminart's Travelling Light Show.

The lighthouse shone all the colours of the rainbow as the light show projected art by Yankalilla and Rapid Bay area schools' students onto the building's walls.

The Cape Jervis Progress Association was overwhelmed by the positive feedback they received from the community surrounding these events and is keen to pursue the development of the town.

With support from the District Council of Yankalilla, the association will seek funding support to develop the gateway site and will also advocate for the installation of a permanent digital projector for the lighthouse.