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  • Writer's pictureDale Lewis

Give Me a Brake

Updated: Dec 16, 2023

Give Me a Brake

Mixed Metal & Found Objects

57" Tall x 53" Wide x 123" Long

1200 lbs


used brake pads make ancient armadillo
Used brake pads make great texture for this ancient armadillo.

Artist’s Fun Fact:

Giant prehistoric armadillos went extinct about 10,000 years ago. I’ve known for years that I wanted to make one, but I was waiting to find the right material. Then I stumbled on the idea of using brake pads. How many brake pads does it take to make a giant armadillo? I don’t know, but I think they weight about 800 lbs.




This sculpture is for sale and is available for lease.


Meet the Artist!


Award-winning artist Dale Lewis, is passionate about recycling and art.


Since 2010, Dale has created nearly 150 large-scale sculptures from scrap metal and found objects at his home workshop in Hastings, MN.


When asked about his art, Dale says, "My hobby has become a full-time obsession. There's no turning back now - this is what I want to do when I grow up!"



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