There is something about a giraffe that can make even the most hardened of heart feel awed and amazed by this most unusually designed creature. It is universally liked and admired and on observation quite extraordinary.
Ten years ago we set about making a family of three giraffe out of metal oil drums, a process which took three months of design, welding and modification and the outcome was far from perfect, however we thought the result wonderful. The original three now grace the entrance to our sculpture garden at Birdwoods Gallery and are part of the Birdwoods Original Collection.
There are now five families of Birdwoods Giraffe around New Zealand with all of them in big landscapes befitting their unusual status. The sixth set is about to start their journey south to the Banks Peninsula near Akarora where they will stand guard over their new domain.
Here are some images of others that are in New Zealand.
These were the first set to be sold and now live at Horonui Station, Hawke’s Bay.
The second set seen travelling to Sileni Estate Winery, Hawke’s Bay incognito!
The third set awaited their new home on the hills over looking the coast in Central Hawke’s Bay. Lovely Luisa O’Campo feeds the giraffe whilst they were stabled in the Gallery.
The fourth set spend some time attracting attention at Black Barn’s River Room admiring the view of the Tuki Tuki River, Hawke’s Bay during the Holly Hospice Trail 2010.
Archie thought he would have a go at Giraffe Riding but was somewhat disappointed with the response.
The giraffe are still available on order, however, only to approved homes with plenty of space!
Until next week, thank you for your reading time.