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Metal birds

Metal birds' started as an Art Project and turned into giftware.

The artist Phil got inspired by 'Banksy'.

From our artist Phil:

From the get-go I've been a fan of the stencil graffiti artist Banksy.

Frankly, I loved the guys swagger, intelligence and most of all his humour. I was in Bristol, Banksy's home in 2009 looking at a Banksy exhibition and was pretty impressed with his cunning.

I sat on the plane on the 28 hrs back home to Auckland wondering what my version of 'Banksy' could be and decided that I'd do something sculptural & in 3 dimensions.

The idea of metal birds came from wanting to do something I could covertly hammer into lamp posts, trees and buildings in public spaces that would somehow beautify & add value, or at least not offend. I 'placed' around 40 birds in the field around the North Island over Xmas 2011. It turns out that not only did they not offend, actually people wanted them both for their gardens and houses and their own 'public installations'.

I've been selling them virally since mid 2011.

If you buy, install, photograph and send me the in-situ pic I'll post on my blog and give you accolades for both your good taste and your pluck!

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