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Acacia cyclops, commonly known as red-eyed wattle is a coastal shrub or small tree in the family Fabaceae. The name refers to the appearance of the pods when first open in late spring each shiny black seed is encircled by a thick orange-red stalk, resembling a bloodshot eye.

You will find the red-eyed wattles that inspired this sculpture throughout the Kangaroo Island Sculpture Trail.

Dave Clarke is an accomplished Sculptor with commissioned works and exhibitions from London to Kangaroo Island and was a finalist in the esteemed Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize on 5 different occasions. One of Dave’s pieces has toured the National Archives in Canberra. We are very pleased that our first commissioned piece is from one of our many talented KI artists. You can visit Dave’s website to see a collection of his amazing work by visiting


This first installation has been made possible by generous donations from Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers and Kangaroo Island Sculpture Trail Patron, Mr. John Gamble.

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