Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)
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Matuhi • New Zealand Bush Wrens

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Once abundant in dense mountain forests and high subalpine scrubland, the tiny Bush Wren was unique to New Zealand. Last recorded sighting was in 1972 on a small island off Stewart Island, the Bush Wren is now considered an extinct species. Weak flyers and ground nesters, these birds finally succumbed to the introduction of feral cats, mustelids and the invasion of rats.

European settlers named these tiny insect-eating birds after the wrens they were familiar with back home, however the resemblance is only superficial, New Zealand Bush Wrens belonging to a unique group of birds.

To the ancient Māori, they were considered tapu (sacred) and believed the killing of the bird or the interference with their habitat would cause snow to fall.

Rex Homan

Rex Homan

Māori

Te Rarawa, Ngāti Paoa, Te Ātiawa

(1940- )

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.