Lola: Dog statue made by Nirit Levav from bicycle parts

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Israeli artist Nirit Levav channels her love of dogs and recycling into adorable life-sized canine statues welded from old bicycle parts like chains, gears, pedals and saddles.Nirit Levav welding in her studio

The sculpture of Lola the mutt (above, left) was inspired by the beloved pup of the same name belonging to Levav's sister, making this particular sculpture especially near and dear to the artist's heart and to her family.

Levav (seen working in her studio in the photo on the right) describes her artistic interests as "multidisciplinary" — her skills include sculpting, jewelry making, fashion design and pottery. While she's based in Tel Aviv, her whimsical art has been featured in exhibitions across New York, Miami and even Azerbaijan.

Watch the video below to learn more about the process for crafting her dog art:

Continue below for more examples of these cuddly metal sculptures, and be sure to check out Levav's website for her latest work.
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Tuzy: Dog statue made by Nirit Levav from bicycle parts

Tuzy the mutt

Nothing says fine art like a defecating dog! Tuzy is crafted from bicycle chains welded together to look like lace. Levav assures viewers that this comical mutt isn't trying to offend anyone — he's just responding to nature's call.

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Max: Dog statue made by Nirit Levav from bicycle parts

Max and Maxine the Cavalier King Charles spaniels

These Cavalier King Charles spaniels may be made of metal, but they look so soft and gentle that you may just want to pick one up and cuddle it. Fascinated by the breed's floppy ears and sweet facial expression, Levav felt compelled to make two of these precious brown and white pups. While Max sits up straight in anticipation of a treat, Maxine settles in for some beauty sleep.

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Shaggy Dog statue made by Nirit Levav from bicycle parts

Shaggy the beagle

Curious and comical, Shaggy the sculpture is inspired by a real-life Shaggy who came to live in the Levav household after a previous owner had to move overseas on short notice.

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Choo Choo: Dog statue made by Nirit Levav from bicycle parts

Choo Choo and Baby Choo the Yorkshire terriers

This pair of adorable little Yorkshire terriers are inspired by an elegant Yorkie and its owner who were spotted by Levav on the street one day.

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Lady: Dog statue made by Nirit Levav from bicycle parts

Lady the cocker spaniel

This gorgeous rusty red Cocker Spaniel might as well have just stepped out of Disney's classic film "Lady and the Tramp." Using bicycle chain and potter's glue, Lady's ear, skirt and tail are welded together to form a beautifully groomed coat.

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Sluki: Dog statue made by Nirit Levav from bicycle parts

Sluki the greyhound

After playing with a friend's greyhound on the beach one afternoon, Levav knew what her next subject would be. Because metal gears are round and allow air to move through them, they were perfect for capturing the graceful, lithe character of this animal, which is known for its strength and intelligence.

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Paris: Dog statue made by Nirit Levav from bicycle parts

Paris the poodle

Inspired by and named after the socialite Paris Hilton, this adorable poodle Paris aims to be feminine, extravagant and in the spotlight.

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Tosha: Dog statue made by Nirit Levav from bicycle parts

Tosha the Pekingese

After seeing a neighbor walk her Pekingese trio through the streets, Levav was inspired to create Tosha (left). The pup in the neighbor's pack that specifically inspired this statue is also called Tosha, who is a certified beauty at dog shows.

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Sit: Dog statue made by Nirit Levav from bicycle parts

Sit the dachshund

The idea for this dashing dachshund came to Levav during one of her many visits to collect parts at a bike shop. The artist was looking to branch out into more abstract works. When she spotted the bike saddle, she knew it would be perfect for a dachshund's face.

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Bully: Dog statue made by Nirit Levav from bicycle parts

Bully and Bulla the French bulldogs

Bully and Bulla are two humorous Frenchies with bike bells for ears. The incorporation of the bell ears make these two of the more abstract in the series.

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Sitting sit: Dog statue made by Nirit Levav from bicycle parts

Sitting Sit the dachshund
Here's another incarnation of Levav's favorite dachshund, except this time he's resting on his hindquarters.

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