Tui, by Greer Twiss (2004)
Greer Twiss is one of New Zealand's best known sculptors. He was one of those who combined in the Millenium project which resulted in the Domain Sculpture Walk. I have recently posted photos of other sculptures from the same project. Eight sculptors created the Outdoor Sculpture 2001 Incorporated Society. Each of the sculptors referenced a particular aspect of the history of Pukekawa (Auckland Domain).
Twiss created ten elements in bronze, naming the whole Grafting. All are mounted on a tripod form similar to that used to protect and support a young tree as it grows. Nine of the elements are native birds, and the tenth is a pear tree. The missionary Samuel Marsden introduced pear trees in the early 1800s.
Twiss' sculpture represents change, transition, and growing together; hence grafting. Each tripod has an attached label naming it as would be done in a nursery where plants are grafted.
These tui stood out in the fernery, where all the ten elements can be found beside the path.