With self-confidence bordering on arrogance, the fearless Kōtare, or kingfisher will defend its territory against other birds and even much larger mammals. It’s distinctive large black bill is designed for diving up to a metre into water, but is equally effective against large insects, lizards, mice and even small birds.
This Kōtare measures approx. 35x38cm 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."