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The Circus - New Zealand Kea by Fiona Goulding
  The Circus 
Subject: New Zealand Kea
Dimensions (centimeters): 46 x 38
Medium: Oil
Description: This painting highlights the New Zealand Kea, a flock being known as a Circus. The kea is found, seemingly in abundance, in alpine environments in the South Island, particularly in Arthur's Pass. It is mischievous, has an insatiable curiosity for anything and everything, especially cars, food and shoelaces and is therefore often a nuisance, albeit an entertaining one.
Despite their behaviour and apparent number the kea is declining and is classified as nationally endangered. Their behaviour, and our part in it, is one factor in their decline. Feeding kea for example, whether intentionally or not, is detrimental to them. It stops kea looking for their own natural food sources so they develop a reliance on human food which isn't good for them: chocolate is actually poisonous. However, human development in the alpine region has reduced the sources of natural food available to kea and they find our fat-laden food inviting. In addition to this, kea can die from ingesting lead found in roof flashings, nails and vehicle tyre weights. Other factors in the kea's decline are introduced predators, particularly stoats and possums; accidents with humans and human objects (such as motor vehicles); humans intentionally killing them and, ironically, poisoning from the controversial chemical 1080 which is used to eradicate their predators.
This painting shows a group of kea having fun exploring a walker's backpack, which has been momentarily propped up against some rocks while the walker rests and admires the view. Its underlying message is that this bird, though entertaining, is actually in decline and endangered; its destructive behaviour, such as eating human food and our part in this, being one factor in this decline.
 
Original Available For Sale: Yes
Price: $900.00 US


Limited Edition Available: Yes
Details: High quality fine art giclee prints using archival inks. Print size: 34cm (h) x 28cm (w), presented in a matt frame.
Edition Size: 100
Price: $90.00 US

 
 
Conservation Committment: 20% (Artist commits to donating the indicated portion of proceeds to conservation)
 
This artwork is dedicated to: Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)  


 
   

 
 
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