Bidding has begun on a sculpture of Colonel Tom Moore made entirely from nails.
The sculpture, which was made over 15 days, was made by hammering 50,000 nails into a 40 x 60cm board and now weighs 16.4kg.
Colonel Tom More, known fondly across the nation as Captain Tom, made international headlines recently after raising over £32 million for the NHS by walking laps around his garden ahead of his 100th birthday. Having truly captured the hearts of the nation during the Coronavirus pandemic, it was also recently announced that Mr Moore is to receive a knighthood.
The sculpture of the war veteran and fundraising hero was created by Marcus Levine, who is well known around the world for his unique artwork – he has previously created nail sculptures for a variety of famous people, including Vinnie Jones, Al Pacino and the Queen.
The sculpture is being auctioned off to raise money for charity, with funds raised to be split equally between The Care Workers’ Charity and NHS Charities Together.
Bids for the sculpture are open until 11am on June 10. The nail sculpture was commissioned by Tim Lockett from Deliver Net (a Skipton based PPE distribution company), who wanted to draw people’s attention to the heroic sacrifices that care workers are making during the current Coronavirus pandemic.
Mr Levine, who made the sculpture, said on the topic of care workers;
“I can only say from the bottom of my heart that you are all hero’s and I for one thank you for all the family’s you support & the sacrifices you are making, my admiration to you all.”
15 limited edition prints of the sculpture have also been made available for £275 each, with all proceeds from the sales to be donated to The Care Workers’ Charity.
The Care Workers’ Charity exists to create support structures that people need whilst actively promoting the contribution that the UK’s care workers make to society. There are almost 2 million care workers in the UK, contributing to one of the largest workforces.