The Dugong is an endangered water animal native to the Brisbane River.
Pollution through non-biodegradable items such as plastic bags has drastically diminished the numbers of these beautiful and pre-historic creatures.
As part of the annual Brisbane River Festival in 2006, which celebrates and raises awareness of the river's marine life, a group of local artists (including myself) built a giant Dugong using cane and cable ties under the experienced supervision of a Melbourne sculptor (sorry, forgot the name!).
We then ran drop-in workshops for school groups and the general public who prepared and attached plastic items to the cane-body of the Dugong.