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You don't know what you've got til its gone
You don't know what you've got til its gone
polychromed mahogany, lead, fur, video
2004

The demise of the Tasmanian Tiger has always troubled me since I was a little kid, after seeing a nature film in 3rd grade - the video clips have always haunted me even to this day. This particular work was created especially for a joint exhibition of Australian and American furniture makers - I had also just visited Hobart, Tasmania prior to making this work. The cabinet form becomes a sort of "Butsudan", or a shrine in homage to this animal - and the video is a montage of clips and imagery.

photo: Michael Slattery

collection: Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in Launceston, AUS

www.naturalworlds.org/thylacine/additio?
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butsudan