Aotea Moa Statue
Public Art : Aotea Moa Statue
Sculptor : © Robin Coleman
Description : I have no idea what the Moa is made
Location : The Aotea Moa statue hangs Outside the
Aotea New Zealand Souvenir Store, Auckland, New Zealand.
Moa are thought to have become extinct 200 years ago.
For millions of years they were the largest living
animal in N.Z. and the tallest bird in the world.
There were 11 species of whch one depicted here, Dinornis Giganteus, was the largest standing 3
meters tall head up, and weighing up to 250kg.
The forest dwelling Moa
was a herbivore. It had typical hairy rattle feathers
(similar to the emu) and its lower legs were covered in scales. One or two eggs a year were laid,
measuring up to 240mm x 178mm with a capacity equal to 90 chicken eggs.
Designed and sculptured by Robin Coleman of Marton