The Tachyglossus mosaic is the work of local artists, schools, community organisations and community members. The Tachyglossus was an ancient ancestor of the echidna which roamed the western basalt plains approximately 40,000 years ago. The mosaic is in the shape of Lake Colac, divided into sections representing totems used by the local indigenous people. - Bunjil the wedge tailed eagle and Waa the Crow, flying in the direction of Wathaurong country to the East. - Black and white cockatoos flying in the direction of the Maar nations to the west. - The eel and smelt, a small fish, important food sources for the Gulidjin people. Water ribbons found in some of the local streams surround the eel and fish. The claws of the tachyglossus footprint depict from left to right: - The boomerang - The Manna gum leaf, once common, now rare. - Red Rock as a volcano exploding 12,000years ago - A site line and contour map of Red Rock. The front of the mosaic is shaped to symbolise the Red Rock skyline to the north and the stone wall follows the shape of the Otway's skyline to the south. The cypress pine seating is carved with images that reinforce the theme of local indigenous flora and fauna. The installation is surrounded by plants once abundant in the area.Mosaic Artist: Libby McKinnon - Designer: Glenn Romanis - Wood Carvers: John McCall and Brad West - Stone Wall Artisan: Simon Witham - Indigenous plantings: Rob Graner.
Colac Otway Arts Trail respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of this land - Gulidjan and Gadubanud, Their Ancestors and Elders, past, present and all First Nation’s people of this country