Aug 11, 2011

Animal Sculptures Made of Car Tyres

These stunning Animal Sculptures are created by Korean Artist Yong Ho Ji with layers of used tyre strips bound together by synthetic resins on supporting frames of steel, wood or Styrofoam.

He uses rubber tires as his medium because he thinks of the material as a mutation, something that comes from nature but ends up looking entirely different from the original form. He also likes the material because it’s malleable and a close approximation to skin and muscles.

This 29 year old has made a career out of sculpting larger than life animals. His Chelsea, New York studio is filled with hyenas, horses, felines and the menacing ram’s head. His work is slowly beginning to achieve the recognition it thoroughly deserves. A shark he sculpted recently went for $145, 000 at auction and in December 2009, the Gana Art Gallery, where his fantastic artworks have earned him a prestigious live-in-arts residency and studio held hi biggest opening in Seoul yet.

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