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Metal Bird - Pair of Swallows

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:

  • 23cm high by 18cm wide (doesn't include measurement of the branch/spike)
  • Easily installed with the tap of a hammer (pre-drill hard wood)
  • Crafted in 3mm Corten® 'weathering' Steel to form a beautiful patina that changes with the seasons
  • Makes a perfect gift for your tweetheart


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"