Kaniva, David Lee Pereira
About the work
The artwork pays tribute to the nearby Little Desert and its diverse flora and fauna. The Little Desert derives its name from the mostly sandy soils that are unsuitable for farming (and the fact that it is ‘little’ compared with the Big Desert to the north of Kaniva). The Little Desert National Park is one of Victoria’s truly special places. It is home to more than 600 species of native plants, 220 species of birds and 60 native mammals and reptiles.
The design features the Australian Hobby bird. Smaller than other falcons, it is one of six Australian members of the family ‘Falconidae’. The Australian Hobby is relatively slender and long-winged. It is often seen hunting in vegetated urban areas, as well as in almost any lightly timbered country. To the left of the bird is the plains sun orchid (Thelymitra megacalyptra) with the salmon/pink sun orchid (Thelymitra rubra) on the right. Flowering occurs between September and November, and they generally only open on warm, humid days.