Kea, the world’s only true alpine parrot, is widely regarded as the most intelligent bird on Earth and you can see why. Kea play and laugh together and they’re obsessed with anything new (neophilic, if you want to get technical). This curiosity once saw them killed as pests and because of this the Kea is now nationally endangered. Not everyone gets to see this guardian of our Southern Alps, soaring amongst the mountains screeching ke-ee-aa-aa, but at least you can gaze upon this national treasure as Metalbird, every day in your own backyard.
Regular: 20cm high by 29cm wide (includes measurement of the branch/spike)
Crafted in 3mm Corten® 'weathering' Steel to form a beautiful patina that changes with the seasons
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"