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Metal Bird - Kororā, Little Penguin

Just a bit taller than a rugby ball on its end, the Kororā is the world’s smallest (and cutest) penguin. And what a worker! It’ll spend all day in the ocean busily catching fish, then trudge up to 1.5km to their nests – in the dark – to hungry chicks! Because of kiwis’ love for coastal property, many Kororā are now nesting under houses and even in stormwater pipes and attacks by dogs and other predators have sent their numbers into decline.

This Kororā measures approx. 21x30cm. 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."