You have to look at Antonio Berni’s 1965 sculpture El pájaro amenazador (“Threatening Bird”) for a few seconds to realize that most of its non-organic elements are old car parts, like a steering wheel serving as weird, industrial diadem.
The bird is part of the Argentinian artist’s Monstruos cósmicos (“Cosmic Monsters”) collection, and it’s strangely awesome and frightening for a suspended bunch of wood, bronze, iron, steel, wicker, hay, sponge, plastic, enamel and wooden branches.
It would make for a fabulous hood ornament. Preferably life-sized. If you’re in Buenos Aires, you can see it at the Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires, right next door to Chrysler’s amazing secret rooftop test track from 1928.