Tin cans merrily on high are a festive hit
THE man behind a sculpture of a Christmas tree made of energy drinks on one of Cardiff’s most famous roundabouts has revealed what he’s planning for his next creation.
Russell Carr is the brains behind the 10ft creation, spotted by commuters on Friday on the iconic Magic Roundabout in Splott.
Russell, from St Mellons, said he made it in an effort to recycle energy drink cans from his work.
He said his next idea will see him celebrate St David’s Day by erecting some sort of sheep sculpture, although he’s not yet sure what that will be made of.
Dad-of-two Russell said: “In work a lot of us drink energy drinks and we were throwing them out all the time.
“We got through a fair few of them so I said, ‘Well, why don’t we keep them and do something with them?’
“Someone in the office suggested that we make a Christmas tree out of them so I began to make it myself.”
He said the process took him about three weeks, as he was adding cans little by little between jobs.
“Every few hours I would stick a couple of cans on it and then carry on with work. It’s alternative recycling.”
Russell said once it was finished he put it up outside his workplace, Spartan Motor Factors, which is close to the roundabout, for “about a week” and that “everyone liked it”.
Warehouse manager Russell added: “It made everyone happy. Customers were loving it, too.”
When Russell, 47, put it up on the Magic Roundabout on Friday morning, he said he got an instant reaction.
“I’ve had loads of people texting me saying how good it is,” he said.
“It’s a change from the norm and something for people to enjoy – that’s what it was supposed to do.
“Everyone loves the Magic Roundabout – it’s very busy round there and it’s usually blocked up, so it’s something to smile about while they are waiting in traffic.”
The Christmas tree made of energy drink cans on Cardiff’s Magic Roundabout