‘Hoofing it’ in this feature has an entirely different context. And since ‘horsepower’ doesn’t quite cut it, we’ll have to raise the steaks. Yes, I know I’m milking this analogy a bit, but bear with me, it gets butter. Okay, enough of that.
This is Miina Äkkijyrkkä, a contemporary Finnish artist whose affection for cattle has inspired some of her most imaginative creations. Each of these beasts, for example, is sculpted using scrap vehicle fixtures and stand between 6 and 13 feet tall.
Stripped to the canopy, each appendage retains its original paint scheme to maintain every sculpture’s individuality. Accordingly, each model boasts a distinctive pose.
And like most contemporary artists, Miina has attracted her fair share of controversy during her 30+ year career. As well as criticising ‘high culture’ through her work, the Helsinki resident was presented with a €13,000 State Art Award from Finland’s Ministry of Culture on the same day – rather awkwardly – protesters picketed before the parliament buildings for improved financial support for the homeless.
Source – akkijyrkka.com