Yong Ho Ji was inspired to make all of these incredible sculptures by the spare tire on his family's Jeep as a child. He always remembers the juxtoposition of the boxy, rugged machine and the natural, flowing lines of the mountain in Korea under which he was raised. These sculptures are his way of reconciling nature and machine as well as recycling.

To make these incredible, and somewhat terrifying animals, he first makes an iron skeleton which he covers with wood planks and potting soil. Next comes a cast of an actual dead animal. Then he cuts tires of all kinds and carefully recreates the musculature and fine details of each animal. This is certainly a more striking way to re-use that old tire than a tire swing. Not that tire swings aren't cool and all.

[via My Modern Met]