Often heard, rarely seen, it’s very hard to get a close encounter with a Ruru. It hangs out in dense forests, singing out its English name – more-pork. Silent flight is one of its superpowers along with the ability to rotate its neck 270 degrees, not to be creepy but to look for prey like moths, beetles, mice and lizards. Ruru’s big shining yellow eyes play an important part in Maori mythology and tradition. It’ll look amazing in your backyard especially with the full moon behind it.
This Ruru 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."