Echidnas, Art, Science and Nature on Kangaroo Island
If art and science are going to meet head on, Kangaroo Island is the perfect place to be. We joined Peggy Rismiller and Mike McKelvey at Pelican Lagoon Research Centre for a day, to film an episode of Tourism Australia's National Landscapes Nature Series. Peggy has a stash of spines she keeps for artwork. Years ago, she had to hand-make transmitters to track echidnas through dense heathy vegetation and developed the hand-eye skills to bend and solder tiny wires. Today, transmitters are mass-produced, so Peggy's skills are transferred to her art. All over the house are exquisite examples of her jewellery, not to mention a museum's worth of artwork on the walls wherever you look.