Big Chicken in Russia – level 3

13-01-2017 15:00

A Russian sculptor made a giant sculpture of a rooster out of manure in the far region of Yakutsk in Siberia. He created it to celebrate the Chinese zodiac year.

He made the 11-feet high rooster by using a simple technology. He created a metal frame and then put the manure on the cast.

A leg injury hampered the sculptor’s work. This required surgery only a week earlier, so his brothers helped him to finish the piece so that it was ready to be unveiled on New Year’s Eve to welcome in the year 2017.

The Chinese zodiac is based on a 12-year cycle with each year relating to an animal. The year of the rooster begins on January 28th.

The artist has made statues of other Chinese New Year symbols in the past, including one of a monkey and one of a goat, as well as a number of horse figures. This really seems like quite the movement and many people hope that the artist will continue to release many more pieces like this.

Difficult words: rooster (a cock, a male chicken), manure (animal droppings), hamper (be in the way, make problems), cast (hard material that some sculptures are made of), unveil (show for the first time), movement (ideas in art).

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