Coastal Pathway art - Port Noarlunga

Council has commissioned two South Australian artists and one artist team for four new public artworks to be installed during January/February 2019 along the shared coastal pathway in Port Noarlunga and Port Noarlunga South.

There are three artwork sites:

  1. On the verge of Sauerbier House, adjacent the new path 

  2. The Esplanade, near the Cnr of Wembley St, Port Noarlunga South, adjacent the new path, opposite Coast Motel and Apartments (2 artworks)

  3. The Esplanade, Port Noarlunga South, near Nelson St roundabout

Site 1: The Sauerbier House commission was won by Will Cheesman, Mark Timberlake, and Laura Wills.

Artist statement:

A meander in a river, a meeting place.

This artwork brings river to the land. It is about gathering together as a diverse community at a special place. It is a celebration of creativity, old stories and new ideas.

The bend in the Onkaparinga river, where Sauerbier House is located has become the artwork. Tracing the shape of this bend at high tide creates the main form of the sculpture. The river is reproduced in steel and stands as a shelter or gateway. Its connection to the ground is both extended and softened by careful planting of native grasses. Amongst the grasses below the bend a series of smaller sculptures gather. They represent the community of people in the town and organisms in the river. These gathering polymorphous shapes, reflect the importance of the tiny unseen creatures that are an integral part of the health and life of the river, representing the essence of connectivity and social strength.

The steel front and back face of the bend become a ‘canvas’ and upon this canvas a series of textural patterns and images will be cut. Sunlight wil illuminate them in the day, and at night the sculpture becomes a lantern with a recessed solar light.

From a distance is the large natural form of the artwork and up close there is much detail to explore and characters to meet.

Sauerbier House public art concept design sketch


Clancy Warner - Fish out of Water

Site 2: The work for the Port Noarlunga South Esplanade was won by South Australian artist, Clancy Warner, with her design Fish out of Water.

Clancy’s artist statement describes her work:

I have dubbed my sculptures “Fish Out of Water” in reference to the fact that most people feel awkward in unfamiliar situations and often don’t feel like they belong.  We are all at times a bit out of our depth, but we try to do the best job that we can. We are the fish out of water, winging it to survive and hoping for the best possible outcomes.


Site 2:  "River Time", 2019
Mural artwork by Laura Wills, assisted by Rebecca McEwan

Site 3: "Estuary", 2019
Bench artwork designs by Laura Wills

River Time - work in progress - Laura Wills and Rebecca McEwan  Estuary by Laura Wills
Site 2: River Time                                                        Site 3: Estuary


For more information regarding public art please contact the Public Art Project Officer on 08 8301 7327 or email