UOLBA, Russia — One man’s art is another man’s pile of cow dung.
A Siberian sculptor has become a local sensation by creating giant statues made out of frozen cow manure.
Artist Mikhail Bopposov’s masterwork this year is a towering rendition of a rooster made from poo in honor of the Year of the Rooster in the Chinese zodiac calendar. The statues stands nearly 12-feet tall in the tiny Siberian village of Uolba.
Bopposov, who is cattle farmer and caretaker of the village school by day, has been working in the medium for several years, forming sculptures of animals out of the malleable muck.
In winter, temperatures regularly plunge below -45 degrees Fahrenheit so there is no worry about the sculpture’s succumbing to the weather. The sculptures are short-lived, however, being reclaimed by the elements by spring each year.
This year, Bopposov struggled to get the work done in time for the New Year as he had injured his leg. But with the help of his two brothers, he managed to complete it on time.
In prior years, Bopposov — who is self taught — has made statues of giant cobras, a dragon, horses, monkeys frollicking in palm trees and a family of goats. He tells local media outlet, Sakha Life, that he makes the statues to make his neighbors happy.