Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Dance of the Tern


Since time immemorial man has held a fascination for the ability of his feathered friends to fly. How exhilarating it would be to leave the ground soaring free in the sky under the power of one’s own birdlike wings.

Many, many creatives have tried to replicate birds wing powered flight, many have failed. Yes, today we fly in aeroplanes and some of us brave enough, employing new technology, can glide without power, however the miracle of bird flight still escapes us.

Many of the world’s cultures through ritual and choreographed dance celebrate birds and flight by capturing their movements and postures.

I am not aware of any dance attributed to the little tern, one of my favourite birds. So beautifully formed and so delicate it reminds me of a petite ballerina.

This sculpture is my interpretation of a tern dancing.

–Rex Homan

Rex Homan

Rex Homan


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.