Nawww, what's not to love about these cuties? It's our tribute to Pīwakawaka's ability to pop out five clutches of eggs in a single season. This numbers game helps the species survive their many predators, like cats, rats and stoats. Thankfully, both parents share the chick-rearing duties, as baby fantails expect a feed every 10 minutes - that's 100 times a day! Being one of our smallest native birds, we've recreated these Pīwakawaka a little bigger than life-sized. All the better for you to gaze up at them and smile, every single day.
This pair of Pīwakawaka 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."