When monotony inspires one to go more creative than s/he actually is, it often finds a higher expression and accordingly results in inspirational artworks. When the Israel-based artist and fashion designer Nirit Levav ditched her academic specialty, i.e. designing wedding dresses, for metal recycling, she might be having similar ideas about her professional future. The junk collector has fairly succeeded in her plans. Nirit now creates realistic dog sculptures from recycled old bicycle chains, rather than designing bridal attires.
The avid junk collector adorns her life-size dog sculptures with disused metal components collected from bike shops and motor garages. Cast off gears, metal bits and a green intent to create something unique motivated Nirit to conceive and fashion dog sculptures of different sizes. Talking about her first inspiration, the artist reveals that her mind saw an amorphous shape in broken chain coils. Later, she came up with the Rottweiler, which was followed by an Afghani dog, full-size greyhounds, a bijan frise, a cocker spaniel, poodles and other mutts.