Since 2007 the Friends of Iramoo led by Rick van Keulen have been experimenting using tin sheeting to solarise areas of grassland infested with Serrated Tussock and Chilean Needle Grass, to create large scale in situ seed orchards.
The Marsupial Masterpieces project is now bringing ephemeral art into the fold.
The project involves designing and cutting out giant animals shapes out of tin. The animal shapes are designed by local artists and are based on endangered animals of the Victoria Volcanic Plains.
The tin animals will be cut out and laid to smother and bake the grassy weeds.
Following two summers, the tin animals are lifted in spring and then the soil direct seeded and/or planted with grasses and wildflowers.
The tin animals then be moved to a new location within the grassland.
In this decades long project, aerial photography will show the shapes of animals hopping through the grassland leaving wildflowers in their wake.
Our first animal project – The giant Eastern Barred Bandicoot was started in 2013. The tin was sustainably sourced from the Albion Eco-Living Center roof replacement. Fact Sheet highlighting the project can be found below. Stage 3 of the project (the second jump and planting is planned for Spring 2017). Follow our Facebook page for all events.
Click here for Drone footage of Marsupial Masterpiece in 2016
If you would like to know more about the project contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or via our Facebook page @FriendsofIramoo
Project Team Rick van Keulen, Helen Rzesniowiecki, Megan O’Shea, Robert Jackson, Catherine van Wilgenburg & Amanda Dodd