“Unchained”, by Nirit Levav is a series of dogs sculptures, made out of recycled bicycle parts, mostly chains.
Despite the use of metal, they have a gentleness and sensitivity to them. Levav manages to capture the dogs in moments and expressions that make it hard to believe they are made of scrap metal.
The inspiration for this series came during a random visit to the bike repair shop, when the artist looked at the parts the owner intended to through away and decided to create a statue of a dog (a Rottweiler) out of bicycle chains.
One dog inspired the next and a whole series was made out of these recycled parts that were collected for her all by bicycle repair shops all over town.
The artist was always drawn working with iron, fascinated by the techniques and the challenges it brings, but the uniqueness of the series “Unchain” is in the re-investigation of the matter and research of its versatility, as reflected in the bicycle chains.