Okarito Brown Kiwi, Okarito Kiwi

Okarito Brown Kiwi, Okarito Kiwi by AFC

Apteryx rowi by Karyn deKramer
(8 in. x 8 in. | Acrylic | ID#3655)

Family: APTERYGIDAE | Conservation Status: Endangered | Population Trend: increasing

Artist Statement

The Okarito Brown Kiwi – ‘Rowi’ is a nocturnal, flightless bird found in the lowland forest of Okarito on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. The design of this painting expresses the character of the kiwi in its habitat instilling the essence of the symbol Koru. The Koru (spiral or loop) is an iconic, native New Zealand Maori symbol that represents the unfurling shoots of the silver fern frond- a prominent plant of the area. The outer shape of the spiral imparts the idea of ceaseless movement while the inner coil; symbolic of rolled fern leaflets, represents a return to the point of origin. The circle of life. The Rowi kiwi spirals around in a curious search for a meal under the leaf litter. A metaphor for new life, growth, strength and peace. Reference image credits and my gratitude to: Care of Kiwis for kiwi, original image from the Department of Conservation. To help on-going conservation efforts of the Rowi please take a minute to donate online at https://www.kiwisforkiwi.org/
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