The Ruru or Morepork, with its distinctive call, is a superb night hunter with excellent hearing, binocular vision in low intensity light and exceptionally soft feathers that allow silent flight. Māori tradition recognizes the existence of ancestral guardians (kaitiaki) that took the form of different kinds of creatures. The guardians that warn of death are owls (ruru). Owl guardians are sometimes known as Hine Ruru (Owl Woman). This guardian has the power to protect, warn and advise. If she appears at night someone is about to die and if she is seen flying ahead then she is there as a protector at a time of danger. If she flies straight ahead there is nothing to fear but if she crosses your path then something is wrong. Sometimes at the time of a death she will appear at a window, beating her wings against the glass.
Artist Comment: All artworks have been sculpted and recycled from recovered damaged fragments from trees felled scores of years ago, which escaped the saws of the timber mill. By way of storm and flood relics eventually came to rest on oceans foreshores and river banks near the sculptor’s homes”.
Te Rarawa, Ngāti Paoa, Te Ātiawa
Rex Homan was born 1940 in Thames, New Zealand of Māori, Irish and Scottish ancestry. He lived in Auckland in his early years before moving to the Bay of Plenty. Rex has earned international recognition as a wood sculptor in the 1960s and 1970s and began working in bronze in the 1980s. His current work is influenced by the culture of the Pacific and displays uniqueness in its diversity of form and dramatic flow of lines. Rex has exhibited in solo, group and jury shows. He has won several national awards for “National Wood Skills” and is represented in corporate and private collections worldwide.
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