The lawyers of the bird world, Tūīs distinctive black robe and white chest ruff is accompanied by its unusual vocal abilities – bell song, clicks, cackles, creaks and groans, and wheezing calls come from their two voice boxes. The calls are unique to each bird, and many cannot be heard by human ears.
This Tūī 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."