The Last Pipi Harvest at Venus Bay
Mixed Media on Canvas
102 by 102cm
This is a story of anthropogenic extinction, written into future stone. The ochre coloured sandstone was at one time a thriving beach, brimming with life and specifically a prolific population of Donax Deltiodes, also known as Pipis or Surf clams. However the Pipis were so yummy and they were harvested in such numbers that fewer and fewer shells reached maturity each year. Then suddenly in one season, the entire population failed to reproduce. Worse the rich food chain of the beautiful beach collapsed, with their demise, and the once thriving beach became a pale version of itself. Only a few brave worm burrows could be found. Then all signs of life disappeared.
This story need not come true.http://bit.ly/lastpipis
This work will be on display at the Mount View Art Show, 14th-17th June 2012.http://www.mountviewps.vic.edu.au/about-us/153/
There are a few more details in the blog post belowhttp://vboping.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/venus-bay-inspired-art.html