Meet Asta, a 7 metre long, 2 metre high, giant blue freshwater lobster puppet. Despite its tough-guy image, this river monster is being pushed to the brink of extinction by destructive ancient rainforest logging in Tasmania’s Tarkine region.
The Astacopsis gouldi, or Tasmanian Giant Freshwater Lobster, lives exclusively in a small number of rivers in the ancient rainforests of the state’s northwest. It’s a flagship species for the region, and an iconic mascot for the Bob Brown Foundations campaign to protect, takayna / Tarkine one of the last wild places on Earth.
Asta will be returning to ArtPlay for the National Sustainable Living Festival’s Big Weekend.