|Tosha | Nirit Levav|
For many years, artist Nirit Levav was a very successful clothing designer with a specialty in wedding dresses. One day, Nirit discovered a treasure trove of raw materials in bicycle chains which sparked the birth of her amazing creations: DOG sculptures!
Nirit’s dog bicycle chain sculptures happened as an accident when she went around garages and bicycle shops in Tel Aviv, asking for their junk. “I had this material right in front of me, I looked at it and I said: I feel like making a dog out of it,” says Nirit.
|Bicycle Chains are the raw material Nirit uses to create her Dog Sculptures|
She says that dogs are her most favorite animal and that they are the closest animals to humans in their ability to express emotions. In her series titled “HOW! WOW!” we see a variety of depictions of dogs with a Rottweiler being the first of the series, which was meant to be intimidating but resulted in being “cute.”
|Bully | Nirit Levav|
We thought Nirit’s work was just uber cool! So, we just had to ask her some insightful questions. First off, we had to know which was her favorite piece from the series.
“It is very difficult to tell which one is my favorite, because there are a few of them...
“Well Lola is my sister's dog, and she is very cute and lovable in real life and also the sculpture came out with a happy expression,” says Nirit.
|Lola | Nirit Levav|
“Chika is also my favorite because I think the technique is interesting, I started “playing” with the chains, wrapping them around the pole, without planning, letting the “wind” leads, and Chika ended to be a 'wanting to play' dog, so I named her after my brother-in-law’s dog, even though it is not the same type of dog.
|Chica | Nirit Levav|
|Lolita is the puppy-size version of Lola, also one of Nirit's favorite bicycle dog sculptures | Nirit Levav|
|Shuggy | Nirat Levav|
|Koka | Nirit Levav|
|Nikita | Nirit Levav|
|Afghani Dog | Nirit Levav|
|Dog defecating | Nirit Levav|
|Billy | Nirit Levav|
|Choo Choo | Nirit Levav|
|Fluffy | Nirit Levav|
|Sluki | Nirit Levav|
|Bicycle chain Dog Sculptures by Nirit Levav|
|Rex | Nirit Levav|
|Paris | Nirit Levav|
|Lord Maximus | Nirit Levav|
Nirit also shared with us how long it takes for one of her creations. “Its varies from one to one, the easiest takes few days and the some of them took a few weeks and the big one Princess took a few months.”
|Nirit's dog Kaissy who she modeled after in this sculpture|
What kind of dog does she have? “We do have a female dog named Kaissy. It is a small cute Pincher mix...”I started to make a sculpture out of her, but I was trying a new technique, planning to make some kind of mold, and it came out pretty nice, so I was afraid to ruin it , so I left it as is.
Nirit says that most of her sculptures are based on real-life dogs she’s taken photos of, but some are based on images found online. “I made an exhibition few month ago in a dog-friendly shopping mall and it was very funny to see the reaction of the real dogs, they sniffed the sculptures around, some were afraid to get closer and barked out loud.”
|Lola with dog | Nirit Levav|
|Otelo with Dog| Nirit Levav|
“I made an exhibition few month ago in a dog-friendly shopping mall and it was very funny to see the reaction of the real dogs, they sniffed the sculptures around, some were afraid to get closer and barked out loud.”
Nirit’s bicycle chain dog sculptures sell between $1,100 - $11,400 USD ($700 £ - 7,000 £) and are created at life-size. To learn more about Nirit’s work her website can be found at http://www.niritlevav.com
VIDEO: See how Nirit creates her stunning bicycle chain dog sculptures!