Mural celebrating the Caves unveiled at the Naracoorte Art Gallery

A new mural which adorns the Naracoorte Regional Art Gallery and contains depictions of ancient megafauna found in the Caves was officially opened on March 8.

The mural is the creation of artist Diana Wiseman, who has links to Naracoorte. Her grandfather used to work at the NAB, and her mother grew up here. Her oldest son was also born here.

Diana also has a passion for art and animals, and believes very strongly in the value of supporting community projects.

Diana was introduced by Naracoorte Art Gallery Chair Kaye Beauchamp, and proceeded to thank Jayne Stacey, who initiated the project concept, the Art Gallery Board, for their support, and the Naracoorte Lucindale Council, for their funding.

The Naracoorte Lucindale Council specifically assisted the gallery through the Community Art Fund, with the purpose of providing Naracoorte – and the gallery – with a distinctive presence.

The Caves were chosen as a theme because they are a  an essential part of the town’s history and tourism potential.

Diana also thanked Dr Liz Reed, who was of great assistance when she was researching the megafauna, as was the University of Adelaide.

Once Diana had decided on her subjects, she sketched them, tested colour palettes, and prepared etching plates.

Happy with the result, she sent her work to Sydney for high resolution scanning, and when it was returned it was placed onto the mural panels.

“Throughout the process I was very grateful for the support, particularly from Rachel Haynes, who happens to work at both the gallery and the council,” Diana said.

“Now that it (the mural) is finally in place on the gallery, I hope it gives pleasure to the locals, becomes an attraction for visitors, and a learning resource.”

Diana herself became “fascinated” with the megafauna, with her favourite being the zygomaturus, which has the nickname ‘Ziggy’ out at the Caves.