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From the get-go Phil has been a fan of the stencil graffiti artist Banksy. Check him out on http://www.banksy.co.uk

Phil was in Bristol, Banksy's home in 2009 looking at a Banksy exhibition and was pretty impressed with his cunning.

Phil sat on the plane wondering what his version of 'Banksy' could be and decided that he'd do something sculptural & in 3 dimensions. The idea of metal birds came from wanting to do something he could covertly hammer into lamp posts, trees and buildings in public spaces that would somehow beautify & add value, or at least not offend.

Metalbirds are made from Corten® steel (often referred to as Cor–Ten) which is a weather resistant steel which could more accurately be termed as an "Atmospheric Corrosion Resistant Steel". It is a copper chromium alloy steel—this alloy displays a greater level of resistance to atmospheric weathering when compared to other unalloyed steels. It's chemical composition promotes the early formation of an adhering protective layer of rust when exposed to the elements. 

To install a metalbird into a soft timber you can hammer it straight into the tree (or post). If you are installing it into a medium or hard timber, you will need to drill the timber first and then hammer it in.
Hammering of a steel ‘peg’ into a tree will not do any damage to it. It may cause the tree to lose some sap in the short term but will not do any medium or long term damage to it.

Metalbirds have been designed as a collaboration between the Aussie Metalbird team and the New Zealand Metalbird team – these designs are exclusive to Metalbird.