Endemic to New Zealand, the only land mammal in existence when the Māori arrived over one thousand years ago was the Pekapeka or Lesser Short Tailed Bat. With a wingspan of 11” and a body length of 3” the Pekapeka is a relatively small creature. The Pekapeka lives mainly in North Island, inhabiting forests where it survives on insects, flowers and fruit nectar.
This little chap was created in response to a request from the gallery who wanted a bat as part of the exhibition. I guess due to bad press for hundreds of years, labeled vampires, disease carriers and the like, bats are not everyone’s cup of tea. However given the chance, like creatures such as the Stingray, their physical appearance can be very impressive. I enjoyed making my little man.
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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