Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Great Blue Heron


“When I observed these waders for the first time roosting in Stanley Park in Vancouver on my visit in 2008, I was surprised at how large they were. Here I imagine them as pterodactyls soaring across the sky.”

The heron is a tall elegant bird with a long neck that wades purposefully through the shallows hunting and waiting to impale its prey with its long rapier beak. It was alert, constantly on guard, and regarded by many tribes as a watchman crying out a warning at the approach of strangers. Heron was also known to be the keeper of fog. Heron had a cedar box that held the fog and sometimes he would be commissioned by other animals to release the fog to help them hunt. For example, the wolf would chase the deer but often the deer would get away — so wolf would ask the heron to open the box just a crack to allow him to catch the deer.

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.