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Chain-ines: Artist sculpts dogs out of bike chains

Thursday, 13th December 2012

An Israeli artist named Nirit Levav Packer has begun sculpting dogs out of discarded bike chains and other parts, with demand for her pedal-powered pooches so high that she has even quit her day job as a wedding dress designer to become a full time sculptor.

Amongst Ms Packer's collection are a sausage dog with pedals for feet and a bike seat for a head, a British bulldog with bike-bells for ears, and an Afghan hound with a dangly coat made of long bike chains.

Inspiration for the project came when Ms Packer found a bunch of old chains that had been thrown out from her son's bike shop, and the sculptures are now selling for between £700 and £7,000.

In other doggy news, the Duches of Cornwall has paid a visit to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, where she was given a tour of the re-homing centre by television presenter and Battersea Home ambassador Paul O'Grady.

The Duchess recently adopted two Jack Russell terriers from the centre.