280 Short-beaked Echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus ssp. multiaculeatus) spines (roadkill), found metal ring, Yacca (Xanthorrhoea semiplana ssp. tateana) resin, linen thread and bookbinder’s gum on canvas
49 x 49 cm (framed), image diameter 22 cm
Framed with white moulding, a white circular-cut matt, internal side spacers, glass and hangers
SOLD – Private collection, Massachusetts, USA

My excitement at seeing echidnas busily going about their business never seems to wear off. But it’s an exercise in restraint, as the slightest noise or vibration will make them burrow into the nearest undergrowth. I’m told echidnas were the Christmas fare of Kangaroo Island settlers as they are apparently reminiscent of pork. These days it’s the increase in holiday traffic that’s their bigger worry.

Please note: I hold a current South Australian Fauna Permit, Class 3, under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972, for the sale of native animals.

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