Artworks created during the project were exhibited and on sale on the island during the Kokako Week Celebration, and all profits went to supporting the kokako conservation work.
Building on the work Bob did on a project to heighten awareness of the Hihi (Stitch Bird) in 2011, in 2012, Bob made several one off pieces that are pictured.
As part of his range of work sold through retail stores, he has made a standing Kokako and a Puriri bowl. The birds love to hang out in this tree.
Bob was delighted to receive the following feedback from members of the Kokako team,“John and I were on Tiritiri Matangi for Kokako Week and I just want to say that we really love your big, spectacular kokako sculptures.
We were surprised, at first, by your interpretation of the birds, but we think you have captured something essential in their character.
We celebrated the successful sale of our house by buying your female kokako, and are looking forward to finding the right spot for her in our new house.
There is something proud and defiant about her, and the glaze is just beautiful. I hope the other pieces soon find appreciative homes.
I hope you’ll be involved in next year’s bird celebration.