The Last Hooded Plover

This sculpture was first installed at the estuary on Lorne foreshore as part of the Lorne Sculpture Biennale in March 2022. Over 15,000 people came to the opening weekend.

The Hooded Plover is only found on the beaches of South- Eastern Australia where it is estimated that around 500 breeding pairs are still to be seen. Loved to death by unleashed dogs, feral animals such as cats and foxes, the tiny bird lives a precarious life as it lays its eggs just above the high tide mark. As climate change accelerates tidal surges have increased and Birdlife Australia estimates that without human intervention, they have around a 2% chance of survival.

Material: Cast fibreglass and painted enamel, forged steel, with cast Venetian glass headstone and hand-blown glass egg (courtesy James Mcmurtrie Glass).

Price: $55,000