Robert Bradford, 'Soft Dog'
Robert Bradford of London was gazing at a box of his kids' discarded toys when the idea came to him to use them to create a larger sculpture. Bradford says his sculptures — and the toys they're made of — represent the fads and fashions of history and the artistic nature of their unaccredited makers.
His "sniffs" — life-sized dogs — sell for about $8,000, and life-sized figurines sell for about $14,000. Bradford uses plastic clothespins, stuffed animals, figurines and just about any toy he can find to create his art.