Meanwhile, in Siberia, winter provides inspiration for the arts. Mikhail Bopposov sculpted this huge fecal figure to mark the upcoming Year of the Snake in the Chinese calendar:
Cattle-breeding is widespread among Yolba-ites, who number about 500. Though Bopposov works as a building manager at the village school, his 17 cows provide him with an ample supply of dung, or “balbalkh” as it is known in his native Yakut language.
“This is not sculpture, just a piece of work I did,” Bopposov said modestly when asked about his artistic aspirations.
Bopposov first dabbled in the medium in 2008, when, inspired by his military service in a tank division, he created a tank out of dung. Encouraged by the reception from local children and adult villagers alike, he proceeded last winter to mark the Year of the Dragon by sculpting a winged serpent, also using cow excrement.