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.
Add a Metalbird to your own landscape – or give one as a gift
Hammered into trees, fences or posts, the birds will rust, their natural patina blending into the landscape.
Choose the Metalbird to fit your environment, or give one as a gift: pigeon, kingfisher, blackbird, robin, woodpecker, owl, wren, fantail, kookaburra or the Australian magpie.
Available in good NZ, Australian and European gift shops, and here online.
Metalbirds make perfect presents, especially for distant loved ones - simply send them through regular post in their own beautiful gift boxes.