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Crepuscular - The Wild Animals of Melbourne Exhibition

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by Debbie Lustig (subscribe)
My work has been published in The Age, The Herald-Sun, The Australian, The Big Issue, Australian Birdlife, The Bark (USA), Eureka Street, Overland and The Australian Jewish News.
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'Crepuscular' refers to animals active at dawn and dusk. It's also the title of an artful exhibition that invites us to examine the wild animals that live in our midst. Or should that be, we who live in their midst?

Brushtail possum


The show is at City Gallery, housed in the iconic Melbourne Town Hall (entrance through Half Tix). It runs Monday to Saturday until 6 July.

This show combines elements of a natural history museum with artworks and artefacts, such as birds' nests and feathers.

Many pieces come from collections of Museum Victoria and the city's own art and heritage collection.

Taxidermy fans will delight in the stuffed quolls, owls, rakali (water rat) and bats. Bird-lovers may quake at the cabinet boasting ten different kinds of bird wing, but once you adjust your focus, it's amazing stuff.

For comparison, there's a duck's wing, a (surprisingly small) peregrine falcon's, the subtle spots of a boobook owl's, and the huge, stripy glory of a powerful owl's.

Most artworks were created for this show. Delicate paper birds nests sit beside a cabinet with real nests. A short-finned eel swims vividly in oil on lead.

John Wolseley's sprawling watercolour occupies one wall, with its birds on a backdrop of Melbourne icons: the MCG, Government House, trams.

Nighttime in Melbourne brings out all manner of creatures, from the possum to the grey-headed flying fox, to the European red fox. Each has a tale to tell, and this exhibition is a great place to learn more.

Man and bat
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Why? Because they live alongside us, and we live in their realm.
When: Until 6 July 2011. Hours: Monday 10am-2pm, Tues to Fri 11am-6pm, Saturday 11am-4pm
Where: City Gallery, Melbourne Town Hall (entry through Half Tix), Swanston Street.
Cost: Free
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