Israeli artist Nirit Levav Packer has found a way to turn old metal into incredibly unique dog sculptures. Levav upcycles bicycle chains into unusually realistic looking dog creations. Although the artist’s dog displays are made of cold hard metal, they are so look so much like adorable dogs that viewers have to fight the urge to cuddle and pet the upcycled art.
Packer graduated from the Parsons School of Design in New York City with a degree in fashion design. After years spend building her brand and specializing in bridal gowns, she reportedly felt that she could not completely satisfy her creative urges simply by working with fabrics in the mainstream industry.
Nirit began an artistic journey which led her to study iron sculpting, jewelry, ceramics, and pottery, according to Oddity Central. She forged all of her newly acquire skills into a new and exciting career. While working at her dad’s theater set workshops she honed her metal cutting and welding skills. She experimented with all types of different substances and materials when creating her one-of-a-kind works of art.
It was on the set of her father’s theater workshops that she first developed a love for recycling. Her father was fiscally responsible and earth-friendly enough to realize that nothing that could possibly be upcycled into something new and useful should ever sent to rot in a landfill. While visiting a bicycle shop in search of more discarded materials (non-upcycling folks commonly refer to such treasured gems as junk) for her art projects she fatefully discovered a box of old bike chains.
Nirit Levav Packer was overjoyed to find that the bicycle chains were so versatile, according to Trend Hunter Art & Design. She soon began making regular visits to bike shops to find art supplies for her HOW!WoW series of life-size dog sculptures. Her growing collection includes a set of greyhounds, poodles, a Rottweiler, cocker spaniel and a host of other canine species.