Kokako  by graemestevens

Kokako

Nestled in the general chaos of our garden is this sculpture by an artist and very good friend of ours, Deb Wolfsbauer. This is the Kokako, or Blue Wattled Saddleback, an endangered native bird of New Zealand. Deb cut a concrete culvert pipe in half and then carved the Kokako into the concrete, and we bought it from her at her gallery opening a couple of years ago. Her partner is also a very talented artist and they both make us sick. It's just not fair.
Wow, what a gorgeous piece of art Graeme. I can fully understand your feelings when confronted with a stunning sight like this.
June 1st, 2014  
Beautiful photo. Looks good in b&w. Reading the last comment I see you are having a poor me moment. Just get over it, you know you are an artist as your photos are amazing.....
June 1st, 2014  
Fantastic art work. Your garden sounds like a perfect place for it. I agree with Delia, you are a very talented artist too. Love your photos. I like the little spots of light in this photo too - adds to the scene nicely.
June 1st, 2014  
Wonderful piece of art!
June 1st, 2014  
@golftragic thanks very much...they've illustrated books, done numerous paintings etc etc...just all round talented people!
@deliad thanks, not so much a "poor me" moment as a "wish I could do this" moment :)
@georgiat thanks - it's surrounded by trees and grasses and general chaos, hence the spots of light, but it seems to like its place in the scheme of things...
@harbie It certainly is...we also have an old parking meter in the garden as well. For some reason that escapes me.
June 1st, 2014  
beautiful artwork stunningly photographed - am heading to google to look up the bird - one I feel I have not come across before - thank you for sharing
June 1st, 2014  
well I have learned something new today - what a beautiful bird and what a lovely sound it makes - hope the manage to save it from extinction
June 1st, 2014  
When I first saw your photo I thought it was a surfboard!!! However I have managed to learn something from your story which is indeed very cool :)
June 1st, 2014  
This is gorgeous!New Zeakand is now at the top of my bucket list of travel.Normally,along with the natural beauty...food is a huge part if the criteria for my bucket list.lol.How is the food there?Anything good for vegetarians?
June 1st, 2014  
Lovely, Graeme.
June 1st, 2014  
@graemestevens I'm insanely envious!
June 1st, 2014  
Wonderful piece of Art. Lucky you. What I want to know is does it have a dark side?
June 1st, 2014  
@annied I hope it survives too, there are a few up the mountain near home I believe but I think they're very rarely seen
@gigiflower every day is a school day, and if it's not, have a drink. Or just drink. What the hell!
@mzzhope And so it should be - food and wine feature largely in our travel plans as well, and NZ can cater for vegetarians too!
@jules13 thanks very much
@golftragic you and me both!
June 1st, 2014  
@ceilidh thanks, and yes it does - right behind this sculpture is nothing but shadow ;)
June 1st, 2014  
Beautiful sculpture, v talented friend
June 1st, 2014  
Very nice sculpture and shot
June 1st, 2014  
It's good to have artist friends, though! One of my good friends is a painter and I love having her work in my home. I do wish I had that skill, though...
June 1st, 2014  
@rachelwithey @wearing0 thank you very much :)
@taffy So do I - I admire what they do but just wish I could too!
June 1st, 2014  
Love seeing other people's art as well, this is really cool!
June 2nd, 2014  
@jess1204 She's a very talented lady, thanks
June 2nd, 2014  
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