EXPLORE!  STOP!  LOOK UPWARDS… AND… IMAGINE

Thursday 11 April until 28 April, Crown Street Mall,  under the bridge closest to Church St near H&M storeBilby Burrow is an artwork created from recycled timber by Shoalhaven artist Elyssa Sykes-Smith.

Bilby Burrow sculpture aims to  encourage the audience to explore the site, to stop, look upwards and engage with their imagination. The two-stage installation process is a dramatic, performative event as the Bilby and Burrow will be suspended high up under a walkway accessed only by scissor lifts.

Kids and big kids alike are invited to participate in the making of this artwork through FREE OPEN CHILDRENS WORKSHOPS to paint pieces of wood that will be included in the Bilby’s Burrow on Sunday 14, Monday 15 & Tuesday 15 April, 11am – 1pm . These elements will then be added to the artwork on the LIVE BURROW BUILD on Wednesday 17 April, everyone is invited to watch this exciting finale!

Bilby Burrow celebrates Easter while raising awareness about the important role the bilby plays in Australia particularly through it’s burrowing habits, and about the sad fact that the bilby is an endangered species, under threat of extinction. The “burrow” is a symbol of shelter and of care.  Bilby Burrow calls for people to consider how they can help and care for the bilbies in their own communities.

To celebrate Easter, let’s save the bilby!

For more information check out WWF Bilby

 “The bilby is an important ecosystem engineer. It’s an excellent digger and so many other species reap the rewards of its hard work. When bilbies aren’t living in their complex burrows, which can be up to three metres long and two metres deep, other animals like insects, reptiles, birds and small mammals take up residence. The burrows provide vital shelter from predators and high summer temperatures. And there may be much more at stake than the survival of bilbies themselves. As well as providing accommodation for others, bilbies constantly turnover soil, improving soil health by mixing through organic matter and bringing deep soils and their nutrients to the surface. Their diggings also provide sites for water to penetrate and for the spread of important mycorrhizal fungi (which help plants to absorb nutrients and cope with Australia’s nutrient-poor soils) across the landscape. As you can see, the bilby delivers much more than just Easter eggs.” (WWF-Australia)