The art world is in a spin over a collection of amazing animal sculptures made from recycled tyres.
Artist Ji Yong-Ho is fashioning old car, tractor and bike tyres into a zoo of fierce creatures which are selling for up to £52,000 each.
Powerfully muscled jaguars, sharks, lions and rhinos which feature in the collection can take up to three months to create.
The 31-year-old artist from Seoul, South Korea, cuts the tyres into strips of ‘muscle’ and ‘flesh’ to create the beasts.
He said: “Rubber is very flexible, like skin and muscles. The product is from nature but here it’s changed. It looks scary.”
Whether he is creating a 28cm dog or a 3m hammerhead shark, Mr Ji uses different kinds of tread to vary the skin texture.
For example, the neck and forehead of the rhinoceros above are made from broadly treaded tractor tyres. They sit beneath a rough outer skin made of motorcycle tyres.
The artist added: “I wanted to express that tyres, which are intended for modern society, came from nature and can then be reborn as a yet another new form of life.”
Denna Bowman, Head Office