Sculpture Artist. Queenstown, New Zealand

Fantail

Fantail. Steel Sculpture by Tony O'Keefe. New Zealand Artist

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In Māori mythology the fantail was responsible for the presence of death in the world.
Maui, thinking he could eradicate death by successfully passing through the goddess of death, Hine-nui-te-po, tried to enter the goddess’s sleeping body through the pathway of birth.
The fantail, warned by Maui to be quiet, began laughing and woke Hine-nuite-po, who was so angry that she promptly killed Maui.

Dimensions: 53x65x15cm
Medium: Locally found steel.
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