With self-confidence bordering on arrogance, the fearless Kotare will defend its territory against other birds and even much larger mammals. It’s distinctive large black bill is designed for diving up to a metre into water, but is equally effective against large insects, lizards, mice and even small birds.
Made from 3mm Corten® steel, which is designed to rust to fade into the surrounds, your Kotare Metalbird is available in two sizes. Slightly larger than life size at 200mm.
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"