Cow dung sculpture sells for over $3000
Published 09/11/2009 | 04:00
A sculpture of a New Zealand government minister crafted from cow manure has been sold for 3,080 New Zealand dollars (£1,344) in an internet auction.
The bust of New Zealand Environment Minister Nick Smith, sculpted as a protest by artist Sam Mahon, attracted 112 bids.
Mr Mahon said he made the sculpture to protest at what he considers is Mr Smith's too-soft stance on pollution created by dairy farms.
Mr Mahon gathered cow dung from an organic dairy farm, ground it in a coffee grinder, mixed it with a polymer resin and pressed it into a mould.
He polished the sculpture with beeswax to create a finish that resembles bronze.