Giant Tasmanian Tiger
In 2014 The Launceston City Council commissioned Natureworks to create a larger than life resting thylacine as a playground element for the Heritage Forest park in Launceston Tasmania.
Natureworks was specifically chosen because of the company”s reputation for high quality animal art and its experience with replicating realism of tiger sculpts and its history of other Australian Megafauna animals.
At 1.2 metres tall and 2.2 metres by 2.5 metres long (check measurements ) this highly realistic Tasmanian Tiger cuddles children. It provides a connection with Australia’’s and possibly the world’’s most significant large mammal extinction of recent times.
What is particularly significant is that the Government of the time was directly responsible for its rapid decline by instigating a bounty on the death and skin of each animal trapped or shot.
This accelerated the rapid decline of the animal which was only ever just holding onto survival after the rapid colonisation of Tasmania and the rapid habitat destruction which followed.
This sculpture was modelled in potters clay and moulded in high quality latex with a fibreglass jacket. The finished piece is cast in heavy duty fibreglass and painted true to life.
Natureworks plans to offer this piece to all councils in Tasmania so that all of the Tassy children can enjoy the embrace of this ICONIC Tasmanian LEGEND !
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