Mikey The Powerful Owl entered for Archibald Prize

THE campaign to save the Byles Creek Valley home of Mikey the Powerful Owl has turned to art and poetry.

Michael Bianchino and a large group of conservationists and friends recently started a campaign to save Mikey the Powerful Owl’s bushland home which has been threatened with destruction by property developers.

Mr Bianchino told The Weekly Times the campaign welcomes wellknown artist Joel “Munga” Moore whose painting and poetry takes Mikey’s cause to a new, exciting and uniquely Australian level.

“We have taken our campaign to protect the Powerful Owl habitat and Sydney Bushland all the way to this year’s Archibald Prize,” he said.

“So welcome to our adventure into this year’s Archibald.

“Mulga the Artist a a phenomenal artist, so check out his stuff.

“Is it any wonder he is making it in Japan and pulling in clients like Samsung.

“This is Mulga’s portrait of me as Mikey the Powerful Owlet and Mulga’s poem accompanying the Archibald entry:

An Ode to Mikey the Powerful Owlet by Mulga

“Mikey is an owl who was born to a fam

They live in the trees on Byles Creek land

They like to hang out and have a good time

Hooting out songs and having a jive

When not jiving about and having a laugh

Mikey likes jamming out riffs on his acoustic guitar

He plays regular gigs to packed out crowds

The creatures of the land and even some hounds

Another thing about Mickey is that he is the most powerful owl

Stronger than a bull and even a fully grown cow

He once lifted a branch that was as thick as a log

After it fell off the tree onto a little green frog

For all the fun that Mickey doth got

He’s in very real danger of losing the lot

Some dudes want to destroy the trees of his birth

But this place is special cause his home springs from its earth.”

Georgia Cameron, Mulga (Joel Moore) and Michael Bianchino are pictured at the Art Gallery of NSW with the Mikey The Powerful Owl painting being entered for the Archibald Prize.