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Metal Bird - Tīeke / Saddleback, Regular

From the same ancient wattlebird family as the extinct huia, tīeke (aka saddleback) is a  black bird with a cool chestnut saddle and orange wattles that, like our noses, get bigger with age. Named for their sharp call when alarmed, tī-e-ke-ke-ke-ke would’ve been heard a lot in the mid 19th century when predators arrived and nearly drove them to extinction. Heroic work from the NZ Wildlife Service (now DOC) saved them and today, under protection, the North Island tīeke is doing well and the South Island tīeke numbers 700 birds. Put this bird back in your garden where it once belonged.

This Tīeke measures approx. 21x30cm including branch. Made from 3mm Corten® steel, and designed to rust into a beautiful patina.

Metalbird, Auckland

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."