Glenorchy’s Dan Kelly is pictured in Queenstown last week with a giant moa – temporarily headless – he sculpted for Te Anau pilot Kim Hollows.
It was strapped to crating and shipped by truck to Te Anau, where Hollows has erected it in his native garden. The 3.5m female moa – males of the extinct species only grew half as tall – was built to scale, Kelly says.
The bird sports 1000 feathers made of rusty steel fence standards. Its head was added in Te Anau – “if I’d kept it on, it would have been above the legal load limit,” Kelly says.