Giant cockerel made of manure erected in Russia

The piece of art has been created to celebrate the Chinese zodiac year

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This is a giant cockerel, made out of manure, the brainchild of a Russian sculptor in the far east region of Yakutsk.

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It was created to celebrate the Chinese zodiac year. Mikhail Bopposov made the 11 rooster using simple technology - he created a metal frame and then put manure on the cast.

The sculptor was hampered by a leg injury which required surgery only a week earlier. So this ended up as a team effort, with his brothers joining in to ensure the piece was ready to be unveiled on New Year's Eve, ready to welcome 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 28 January.

Bopposov 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.