Hold me while you can – endangered species

Hold me while you can Рendangered species 2020

bull kelp, river reed, ti tree
Images: Louis Lim

This bull kelp vessel was made for The Climate Foundation Project to help promote the rejuvenation of a thriving marine environment, including bull kelp forest ecosystems and marine permaculture projects to regenerate life in the oceans.

My work holds metaphorical stories and is an actual example of traditionally crafted water carriers from my material culture. It is embedded with histories and conscious decisions about care of Country and its waters. There is an irony that as my ongoing Australian Indigenous culture is slowly being recognised for its resilience, the bull kelp forests of north-east Tasmania are facing extinction due to dramatic sea temperature increases. Over and over I ask the question: are we taking sufficient and appropriate actions to protect species that cannot speak for themselves?