JournalCurrentA Walk in the Dark at Pinkerton Forest

Bird Art in Pinkerton Forest

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As well as addressing practical issues like planting and weeding, Pinkerton Landcare & Environment Group has also placed artworks depicting native birds in the forest.

These sculptures of native birds were cut from corrugated iron by community environmental volunteer Brian Steadman. He is active in many environmental projects in the western suburbs.

Pinkerton Forest is home to a rich variety of birdlife. About 130 bird species can be seen here. People come from all over Victoria to see woodland birds that they will not see elsewhere. It is important that art is seen to reflect this. These cut-out bird silhouettes, against the background of Grey Box Grassy Woodland, add an artistic dimension to a woodland already rich in wildlife and other environmental values. The three sculptures are representative of the birds found in the woodland. Herons and swallows as well as three eagle species (Wedge-tailed Eagles and White-bellied Sea-eagles have both nested here in the last few years).

The earthy colours and rusty texture of the corrugated iron reflect the rural Australian idiom.

 

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Updated: Saturday, 30 April 2016 14:09