All photos: Nirit Levav
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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