Artist Honors Dead Wildlife From Australia Bushfires With Giant Sand Artwork

Many artists in Australia are flexing their creative muscles and shedding light on the effects the bushfire crisis has caused.

A variety of murals, illustrations and creations have shown the level with which these artists feel the pain of the animals.

Although each of them is unique in its own way, one artist commemorates wildlife that has died in the bushfires on an epic level.

It is thought the bushfires may have killed some 1 billion animals from insects up to cattle, koala, and kangaroos.

The artist, who is working under the pseudo name, “Breathe the Blue Ocean” is immortalizing those animals using sand in a very unique way.

Recently, the artist has visited South Coast Beaches and Geelong while the bushfire smoke was still thick in the air. The artist then created this beautiful and huge picture of a koala.

Breathe A Blue Ocean wrote on Instagram: “In this photo, smoke overpowers the afternoon sun and I am standing in the artwork smelling the smoke the fire.”

It is not known how long it took the artist to create the sand image but they used a drone to show the beauty and the size of it.

They told ABC: “I don’t count steps or use GPS or drones to guide me. It’s a freestyle type of drawing method, I build it piece by piece.

“It’s about vision and emotion and this piece was how I envisioned the wildlife in Australia’s fires.”

The true toll of the bushfires has yet to be seen. According to an ecologist at the University of Sydney, Chris Dickman, the original 480 million animal figure was conservative. It also only included the animals in the state of New South Wales.

Speaking to Huffington Post, he said: “The original figure – the 480m – was based on mammals, birds, and reptiles for which we do have densities, and that figure now is a little bit out of date. It’s over 800m given the extent of the fires now – in New South Wales alone.

“If 800m sounds a lot, it’s not all the animals in the firing line.”

Huffington Post reports that the 480 million original figure only referred to New South Wales and did not include invertebrates, frogs or bats. With those numbers figured in, Dickman said that the dead animal count easily exceeds 1 billion and includes the statement, ‘without any doubt at all’.

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