Metal Bird are changing things up and doing a limited NZ release of this super-popular Metalbird duo from the UK flock. Like the bird, they’re not here in great numbers, so catch them while you can! These Barn Swallows are true internationals – they live on every continent except Antarctica. But wherever they are, they’re always searching out a barn – or a shed – to build their cool mud nests on. A super-agile flier, the Barn Swallow can hunt at speed just a few inches above the ground or over water, its deeply forked tail streaming out behind it. What a worthy pair for your backyard.
Metal Bird's Pair of Swallows are:
BOX SIZE: Regular
LENGTH (CM): 30cm
WIDTH (CM): 1cm
HEIGHT (CM): 21cm
WEIGHT (G): 300g
Metalbird is the brainchild of Phil Walters, an industrial designer and lover of street art and New Zealand’s native flora and fauna.
His handcrafted artworks bring together his passions: the tough, 3mm Corten® steel and stencil design, a nod to his urban art roots. The birds are inspired by the mysterious, satirical street artist Banksy – the stencils look as if street art has turned 3D.
Metalbird started as a guerrilla street art project. All over New Zealand’s North Island, more than 40 life-sized, Metalbird stencils appeared. In parks, in fences and on power poles – anywhere you’d least expect. And people loved them.
"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. Art can be something you see, hear, taste or touch. But most of all, it’s something you experience – bringing with it memories and emotions"