Shake . . .the public were able to meet Piper the dog, created by Kirstie Savigny, at the West Otago Taste of Art exhibition last month PHOTO: SUPPLIED

A Tapanui artist has brought her pipe dream to life after 80 hours of hard work.

Kirstie Savigny, who sculpts animals using PVC pipe, created a dog to exhibit in the West Otago Taste of Art exhibition last month.

Piper the dog was the most complex piece she had made so far, she said.

“I just had the idea of trying to make a dog out of pipe and it just created itself,” Savigny said.

“She would be about the size of a large life-size dog.”

Piper was built over two months and held together with 150 rivets, she said.

This was not her first large pipe creation for the West Otago Taste of Art show, as she entered a phoenix two years ago.

Although Piper attracted plenty of attention during the exhibition, she had not gone home with a new owner.

“I was reluctant to put a price on her.”

Instead, Piper would accompany her to future art exhibitions and craft markets along with her other less complicated works.

Birds had been her staple animal since her first foray into pipe sculpture three years ago, but Piper was one of several new ideas that were taking wing.

“I would like to have a go at making a hare, and somebody has asked me about doing a cat.”

Making pipe creations was an enjoyable hobby, she said.

The creative outlet was sparked after she had been working on a house extension and had leftover material.

“I had pipe lying around home so I thought I’d make something for my own garden.”

“It’s just something I picked up in my spare time.”