Jo McKenzie-McLean 05:15, Sep 16 2019
Wanaka artist Luke Wilson created the sculpture of two extinct birds in combat to show the flight of our native animals.
A Kiwi artist has resurrected two extinct native birds using cutlery, hot water cylinders and horse shoes.
Luke Wilson's Haast Eagle Vs Moa took more than two years to make using scrap metal – a skill he discovered while working at Wanaka recycling and reuse shop Wastebusters.
"I'd been working at Wastebusters processing their metal recycling for about a year and realised I had a knack for putting things together with odds and ends. It got me wanting to work with material that has a story behind each piece that comes in."
Wanaka-based artist Luke Wilson, 31, will exhibit his giant scrap metal sculpture of a Haast eagle and moa at a St Andrew's College fundraiser in Christchurch on September 20 alongside several other artists.
The 31-year-old's engineering background has helped produce the sculptures, as has late nights, copious amounts of coffee, a No.8 wire mentality and a passion to portray the world's natural beauty in his art while raising awareness about the plight of native birds.
"I work up a mountain and there is kea up there. Their population is declining and they are really special birds."