Phil Walters – Founder and Designer
FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS TO THE WORLD’S LARGEST ART INSTALLATION PROJECT
Metalbird started as a New Zealand based guerrilla street art project in 2009. Inspired by stencil artist Banksy, I designed, crafted and hammered up dozens of life-sized, Metalbird stencils for no other reason than to surprise, delight and intrigue. In parks, in fences and on power poles… anywhere I thought I wouldn’t get arrested installing them. To my delight, people loved them. Before long, the art project had turned into a side hustle, then a full time job, and finally with a small team we set ourselves the lofty goal of becoming “the Largest Art Installation Project in the World”.
Today these beautifully crafted, iconic, life-like bird silhouettes have been hammered into backyards, decks and gardens throughout New Zealand, Australia, the UK and Europe and finally we’ve arrived with a North American range. With the tap of a hammer a Metalbird will transform your environment into a work of art and surprise and delight visitors for years to come.
We love what we do, we hope it shows. Welcome to the project
Founder and Designer
MADE IN THE USA: OUR LOCAL FOCUS
While we’ve spread our wings far and wide our focus is always on sustainability and local communities. We are proudly American made with local manufacturing, local suppliers, local employees, supporting local charities or not for profits. Yes we could make product cheaper in distant factories but we truly believe in the power of community and strive to give back to causes our people (that’s you) care about. Feel good knowing that in purchasing our humble garden art, you’re supporting American communities and one crazy, crazy creative dream!