Tin cans mer­rily on high are a fes­tive hit

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS -

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.”

FRANCESCA DINECH

The Christ­mas tree made of en­ergy drink cans on Cardiff’s Magic Round­about

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