Mackenzie in Gold
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Limited edition of 75 signed fine-art prints available on museum archival card. 355mm high x 725mm wide unframed. Prints shipped FREE in NZ, $49 international.
Original painting Sold, acrylic on canvas, 1 metre high x 2 metres wide, 2015
The large Mackenzie land basin set amidst mountains in the centre of Te Wai Pounamu (the South Island of New Zealand) is home to the only bird in the world with a beak that bends sideways - ngutuparore (the wrybill).
Ngutuparore is pictured here in front of Aotearoa's tallest peak Aoraki Maunga (Mt Cook), perfectly reflected in glacial Lake Pukaki, with oversized Mt Cook lilies and flowering lupins popping up in the foreground.
Intricate Maori and sacred geometric designs highlight and decorate the bird. Matt black markings swallow up light while metallic gold paint shines in contrast.
It is thought that the wrybill's beak developed a bend so it can reach creatures hidden under stones. Much like the cheeky mountain dwellers the kea, the wrybill’s boldness around people disguises the fact that they are one of New Zealand’s most vulnerable species, with a population of only 5,000.
In the Māori world view, people are closely connected to the land and nature. Kaitiakitanga is based on this idea of humans being part of the natural world. Kaitiakitanga means guardianship and is a way of managing and protecting the environment.
"Ko te whenua te waiu mo nga uri whakatipu"
"The land will provide sustenance for future generations"
Find out how you can be a kaitiaki and help save the wrybill and our Mackenzie Country from dramatic changes due to intensive farming irrigation at www.forestandbird.org.nz/savethemackenzie.
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