Edwards sculpture made of train parts unveiled
Triple jump world record-holder Jonathan Edwards holds a Union flag after unveiling a life-size sculpture of himself, made entirely from used train parts, at London's King's Cross Station, Tuesday May 29, 2012. Weighing 770lb, the sculpture took two weeks to build, with all parts sourced from East Coast's engineering train depots across the UK, and recalls the special moment when Edwards paraded a Union flag after winning gold at the Sydney 2000 Olympics. (AP Photo/PA, David Parry) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE
LONDON - A life-size sculpture of triple jump world record-holder Jonathan Edwards made entirely out of train parts has been unveiled at a central London station ahead of the Olympics.
The tribute to the British athlete, which weighs 770 lbs (350 kilos) and is made of parts including brake pads, seat frames and springs, was unveiled by Edwards himself at King's Cross railway station and commemorates the moment he paraded a Union Flag after winning gold at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
Edwards says "the sculpture is very striking and really took me aback when I saw it."
British artist Ptolemy Elrington spent two weeks making the sculpture, which will be displayed at key stations in England to raise awareness of rail travel to London this summer for the Olympics.