Sculptor Stuart Murdoch took a different albeit interesting approach, when it came to raising money for charity. Instead of going the usual fund-raising or cutting a cheque routine, Murdoch built a life-sized tank!
Building a massive replica of the FV 4034 Challenger 2, is no easy task, but that didn’t intimidate the imaginative sculptor, as he tackled the challenged quite brilliantly. The FV 4034 Challenger 2, for the uninitiated, is the main battle tank of the British Army, and Murdoch decided to use egg cartons to construct the life-size replica.
According to Stuart Murdoch, 5,016 egg cartons were used in totality and before you scream wastage, let me assure you, that is certainly not the case. Since, Murdoch is promoting ‘Eggs For Soldiers’ national egg and spoon race – a fundraising initiative in support of ‘Help for Heroes,’ his choice of material makes absolute sense. Also, 15p from the sale of every khaki green box of six ‘Eggs For Soldier’ goes straight to charity, and we can’t help but appreciate Murdoch’s generosity. The ‘Eggs for Soldiers’ was created in 2011 as a fundraising endeavor, and the ‘Help The Heroes’ is a UK charity that raises money for wounded servicemen and women.
Building the replica of the FV 4,034 Challenger 2 was a challenging (pardon the pun) task and Murdoch also ended up using 26 liters of glue, 10,100 nails, 15 liters of paint, 80 square meters of steel and 5,013 staples. It also took him a massive 512 hours to finish this project, and his patience is indeed impressive.
The Eggs for Soldiers‘ national egg and spoon race will take place on March 4th and you can also help by registering at www.bmycharity.com.