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The Nambucca Mosaic Walk is a creative public art project that winds its way along nearly 60 metres of the footpath in Nambucca Heads near the local Police Station. The project was led by artist Guy Crosley, who with local artists and volunteers scoured the district for distinctive tiles, pottery, china and other knickknacks to create this spectacular artwork. Capturing the maritime essence of the area, its crazy patterns and mosaic work features mythical creatures plus dolphins, fish and a great octopus coming out of the waves.

The Guy Crosley mosaic ‘Fish & Chips’ is located in Nambucca Heads wrapping around the Police Station on Bowra Street and Ridge Street. Work on the gigantic 50 metre mural commenced in 1996 and was completed in 2000. The work is a stylised and symbolic geographical map of the area.

Starting from the serpentine deep sea: sharks, whales, rays and schools of fish begin their journey to the shore, through exotic waves of tile and rock into the Smokey Cape Bay, passing the headlands, through the river mouth onto the break-wall and along the river passing the ugly brick suburbs and pastureland to Macksville, over the hills and forests to the fertile earth beyond. All types of earthly and airborne characters adorn these landscapes. Beneath the colourful and glossy facade there is a dark undercurrent that surfaces including a large drunken octopus with three pigs in the clutch of his tentacles, monsters that dwell within the waves that wait offshore and a rainbow serpent wrapped around a gold topped mushroom where people await a magic bus to arrive. “Fish & Chips” is a fantastic public artwork that is hard to miss and amazing to look at!

Every piece of “Fish & Chips” was constructed from ceramics and objects donated or specifically made by artists locally and from around the world. Guy Crosley was assisted by local volunteers, school children and art students from TAFE Outreach.”

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