The Karearea might be our most threatened bird of prey, but that doesn’t hold them back because they are relentless. From high vantage points this fast-flying raptor launches into a dramatic chase after its live prey. When nesting on the ground they are known for attacking intruders, including humans, with aggressive dive-bombing strikes to the head. Not the ones you see feeding on roadkill, both our male and female native Falcons can be identified by a handlebar moustache. It’ll make a mighty powerful impression to your backyard.
The Karearea measures 34 cm high and 30cm wide, including the measurement of the branch/spike. Metal Birds can be easily installed with the tap of a hammer, and are crafted in 3mm Corten® Steel, made to rust into a beautiful patina. The Karearea makes for an incredible gift for a friend who likes to open your eyes to different views!
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"