A fairly common, large flightless woodhen with strong legs and a sturdy short bill, the Weka inhabits forests, scrub and open country mainly in the South Island of New Zealand. Due to a declining population on mainland New Zealand, as it was once a popular food source for the indigenous people, Māori, is now protected. An inquisitive bird, it walks quietly while searching for food amongst the leaves of the forest floor but runs extremely fast with neck outstretched when alarmed or disturbed.
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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