Swinburne student creates bronze statue of endangered possum
by Annika Sutter 08 Nov 2016
Swinburne Student, Ms Jessica Herrera, created a 3D bronze model of Victoria's endangered state emblem, the Leadbeater’s Possum, for her final year portfolio. This was part of her research project which supported the Great Forest National Park Campaign.
This model was sponsored by Swinburne's School of Design and the Centre for Design Innovation, in support of the protection of the Leadbeater’s possum. It was cast in the university’s workshop by Mr Michael Hall.
Jessica handed over the possum statue to Mr Steve Meacher, the President of Friends of Leadbeater’s Possum community group, on the 6th of November, during the opening event of the Toolangi Sculpture Trail.
The statue is on display to the public in the Toolangi Forest Discovery Centre, North-East of Melbourne, which provides habitat for the Leadbeater’s possum.
Ms Herrera graduated her Bachelor of Design (Digital Media Design/Honours) at Swinburne University of Technology in 2015.
Handing over the sculpture to the President of Friends of Leadbeater’s Possum, in the Toolangi Forest Discover Centre.
The bronze, life-sized statue of the Leadbeater’s Possum.