Fat and stately, the Kererū, New Zealand’s native wood pigeon, wears a smart white vest over iridescent feathers. Once hunted by Maori for food, Kererū are now protected – they can be seen gorging themselves in trees, often eating so much they’re too heavy to fly.
This Kererū measures approx. 21x30cm including branch. Made from 3mm Corten® steel, and designed to rust into a beautiful patina.
Metalbird is the brainchild of Phil Walters, an industrial designer and lover of street art and New Zealand’s native flora and fauna. Metalbird started as a guerrilla street art project, all over New Zealand’s North Island, Metalbird stencils appeared. In parks, in fences and on power poles.
His handcrafted artworks bring together his passions: the tough, 3mm Corten® steel and stencil design, a nod to his urban art roots. "Our designs represent some of New Zealand’s most precious birdlife. Art isn’t just something you see on a gallery wall – it can be the way the light shines through a coloured window or the splash of spray-paint on a city overpass."