South Coast Statue Celebrates Whale Mother & Calf

August 25, 2023 10:40 am in by
Buttons & Bobby Sculpture by Silvio Apponyi. Photo: Lea Brooks

There’s an official unveiling on the South Coast this weekend of a statue honoring a Southern Right Whale mother and her calf.

Artist Silvio Apponyi has crafted the public art using an ancient fallen red gum tree from a property near Naracoorte, donated by Peter Westley.

‘Buttons’ the mother is a regular in the region during whale season and has given birth in Fleurieu Peninsula waters three times since 2013. The community has named her most recent calf ‘Bobby’.

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The sculptures of Buttons and Bobby are classified ‘public art,’ and are owned by the people of Middleton and the many thousands of tourists who enjoy local beaches, whale-watching, the Amy Gillet Bike Pathway and other tourism attractions each year.

The Middleton South Australia Town and Foreshore Association is hosting an official opening this Sunday 27 August at 11am at Seaview Avenue Middleton opposite 40-46 Seaview Ave.

There will be a coffee cart, a free sausage sizzle and speeches by the sculptor, the tree donor and the CEO of the Alexandrina Council Nigel Morris.