Sunderland designer's stunning Queen Elizabeth II tribute made of 5,000 screws goes on display at Bridges Shopping Centre
A Sunderland designer has created an incredible tribute to Queen Elizabeth II.
The artwork, which is one metre in diameter, is made of 5,000 black, gold and silver coloured screws and is one of Darren’s smaller pieces.
It is one of multiple pieces of artwork made from screws that Darren has created, with previous pieces including Marilyn Monroe, David Bowie, Amy Winehouse and Freddie Mercury – with several on display at the Pigment and Toil Gallery inside the Bridges shopping centre.
Darren’s latest piece, which took 50 hours to complete, also features at the Bridges gallery and is set to go on sale soon.
He said: “I’ve been planning to create a piece on the Queen for a while, back in January and then when she passed away I thought it was the perfect time to honour our Majesty.
"This is a downsized piece and it’s also just made of black, silver and gold screws so it’s a little different to my other designs. I’ve always had an interest in the Monarchy so I’ve enjoyed doing this one.”
Darren began his screw art journey with the Marilyn Monroe piece which was made up of 26,304 screws and weighed over 13 stone, as a tribute to his dad Billy who died aged 77 in January last year, and he continues to use it as a method of therapy.
The Monroe piece was finished in October last year after Darren worked on it for six months.
He added: "I had been looking at creating the Queen and also Diana for a while so I thought this would be a fitting tribute – Queen Elizabeth was obviously a well-loved Royal.
“I’m getting so much quicker now and the support and following I receive on social media is very much appreciated and really encourages me to keep uploading.”