Taking inspiration from her time spent studying dairy farming, Finnish sculptor Miina Äkkijyrkkä creates these awe-inspiring monstrous cow sculptures from recycled used cars. The Helsinki-based artist collects old cars from dealers across the country, carefully selecting colorful scrapped vehicles to become part of the sculptural herd.
The award-winning artist has been working with cows and studying art for almost 50 years. It is no wonder then that she has fused both worlds to create these immense scrap metal structures. Miina shapes huge vehicle parts become sections of the cows, arranging their limbs and heads in different positions.
Miina honors the inspiration for her art, paying tribute to her ‘models’ (cows) on her website with a series of photos. She clearly knows the cows inside out: the huge metal sculptures abstractly resemble the living creatures.
Images courtesy of Miina Äkkijyrkkä