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Istanbul-based artist Selçuk Yılmaz created this incredibly awesome lion sculpture using nearly 4,000 pieces of scrap metal. He spent almost a year working on this piece, which required hand-cutting and hammering each of those 4,000 pieces of metal.

Yılmaz named his sculpture Aslan, which is the Turkish word for Lion, and immediately makes us think of “the great Lion” Aslan from The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis. The big, shiny cat weighs about 550 pounds (250 kg) and makes us want to travel to Narnia.

Check out more of Selçuk’s artwork via Behance.

Head over to Colossal for more photos of this magnificent metal king of beasts.

Korean artist Yong Ho Ji recycles old tires by transforming them into dramatic sculptures like the awesome animals seen here. The lion sculpture at the top of this post was photographed by Redditor m1keyth at the at the Beyond Limits sculpture expo in Chatsworth, UK.

Visit Yong Ho Ji’s websiteto view many more examples of his awesome tire sculptures.

[via Technabob and Twisted Sifter]

A day devoted to sharing awesome optical illusions is a great opportunity to share more amazing anamorphic street art pieces created by Nikolaj Arndt (previously featured here), who is currently based in Marburg, Germany.

Nikolaj’s artwork is so entertaining, we might need to plan a Geyser of Awesome field trip to Germany. Is anyone else up for a casual stroll with a lion or lunch with some pandas? Just be sure to watch out for sidewalk sharks.

Visit Nikolaj’s deviantART page to check out even more of his fantastic 3D street art.

French sculptor Pierre Matter beautifully combines biological and mechanical elements to create awesome large-scale sculptures that are as impressively grand as they are surprisingly tender.

"Many of Matter’s sculptures examine humanity’s relationship with both animals and machines, portraying these creatures and devices as beasts of burden, caretakers, religious symbols, and medical devices."

"He works mostly with bronze, however he also uses recycled and scrap materials, to build his hybrid sculptures. His imaginative artwork is a continuation of an ongoing dialogue concerning human existence and changes brought about by advances in technology and the sciences."

Visit Pierre Matter’s website to view more of his amazing sculptures.

[via io9 and Hi-Fructose]

The Geyser of Awesome was recently tipped off to a particularly awesome and exceptional tale of Unexpected Interspecies Friendship. Thanks to Pamela, we learned about Bonedigger, a five-year-old, 500 pound lion, and Milo, a seven-year-old, 11 pound Dachsund, aka Bonedigger’s BFF. They live together at the Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park in Wynnewood, Oklahoma.

Bonedigger was born with a metabolic bone disease that left him mildly disabled. While he was still just a cub, Milo and two other dachshunds, Bullet and Angel, seemed to sense that Bonedigger needed extra care and the three dogs sought to comfort and protect the young lion.

Now Bonedigger and his pack of wiener dogs cuddle, feast on raw meat, and play on the park grounds together. Sometimes Park manager John Reinke gets in on the cuddling as well. Perhaps best of all, after their meals, Milo licks Bonedigger’s mouth clean - teeth, tongue, and all.

Milo also does his best to mimic Bonedigger’s ‘puffing’ behaviour - “a deafening lion growl that can be heard over a mile away. Wild lions use it to communicate with other prides in their natural environment.”

The Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park was damaged and flooded by the horrendous tornado that tore through Oklahoma on May 20th. Nevertheless, they’ve been providing shelter for both domestic and wild animals that were left homeless after the storm. Click here if you’re interesting in donating to the park.

Click here to watch a short video of Bonedigger and Milo together.

[via Dogster and Dailymail.co.uk]

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American artist Mark Wagner creates awesomely intricate and creative collages using dollar bills.

"The one dollar bill is the most ubiquitous piece of paper in America. Collage asks the question: what might be done to make it something else? It is a ripe material: intaglio printed on sturdy linen stock, covered in decorative filigree, and steeped in symbolism and concept. Blade and glue transform it-reproducing the effects of tapestries, paints, engravings, mosaics, and computers—striving for something bizarre, beautiful, or unbelievable… the foreign in the familiar."

Visit Mark’s website to view more of his playful Currency Collages.

[via Laughing Squid]

You don’t need to pick these flowers. These are the lion’s flowers. Really, you shouldn’t pick these particular flowers, no matter how pretty you might find them. Don’t try to take the sign either. It belongs to the lion as well. Please move along.
"Keepers have put up a sign telling visitors not to pick the flowers - in the lion enclosure at Longleat Safari Park. Every spring the grassy paddock where the lions are kept gives way to a glorious display of bluebells."
Photo by Pete Willows
[via Telegraph.co.uk]

You don’t need to pick these flowers. These are the lion’s flowers. Really, you shouldn’t pick these particular flowers, no matter how pretty you might find them. Don’t try to take the sign either. It belongs to the lion as well. Please move along.

"Keepers have put up a sign telling visitors not to pick the flowers - in the lion enclosure at Longleat Safari Park. Every spring the grassy paddock where the lions are kept gives way to a glorious display of bluebells."

Photo by Pete Willows

[via Telegraph.co.uk]