Nawww, what's not to love about these cuties? It's our tribute to Piwakawaka's ability to pop out five clutches of eggs in a single season. This numbers game helps the species survive their many predators, like cats, rats and stoats. Thankfully, both parents share the chick-rearing duties, as baby fantails expect a feed every 10 minutes - that's 100 times a day! Being one of our smallest native birds, we've recreated these Piwakawaka a little bigger than life-sized. All the better for you to gaze up at them and smile, every single day.
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"