A Russian farmer from a small Siberian village has found a great way to recycle the solid waste from his 17 cows – he sculpts it into creatures from the Chinese zodiac.
Winters are very long and very cold in Russia's far northeastern Sakha Republic but that can be a good thing... when your thing is sculpting statues from cow poop. First of all, being creative helps the time pass and secondly, would you really want to do that in summer? OK, you really wouldn't want do that AT ALL but you're not Mikhail Bopposov, a 56-year-old farmer from Walba village.
Bopposov, who also happens to be the village school's caretaker, created his first cow poop sculpture in 2008: a life-sized model of a tank. Since then, he's focused on crafting animals from the 12-sign Chinese zodiac such as a Horse, a Snake, and just in time for the Year of the Rooster... a Rooster! Bopposov's foul fowl was completed at the end of 2016 and stands 3.5 meters (almost 12 feet) in height. Holy shi- er, mackerel!
Though Bopposov (above) also creates snow and ice sculptures, he says he prefers to work with dung because it's easier to mold in sub-zero temperatures. We'll take his word for it. In addition, the arrival of spring brings rain and warmth which quickly dissolve his sculptures in a sustainable, organic, natural manner. You could almost call Bopposov a “green artist” though all things considered, “brown artist” is more accurate. (via RT)