A giant cardboard imitation of the Trojan Horse, which won Greeks the war of Troy in antiquity, broke the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest cardboard sculpture in U.K..
It took 180 volunteers over 1100 making hours to create the sculpture, which measured 7.02m wide, 16.85m long and 7.85m tall, and weighed over 1.5 tonnes.
The cardboard Trojan horse is part of theater group Animated Objects‘s current project, The Odyssey — An Epic Adventure on the Yorkshire Coast.
“The Trojan Wars raged on for over a decade… Only the hero Odysseus had a plan to bring the conflict to an end. He had visions of a giant horse – capable of carrying a deadly secret,” Animated Objects explains on its dedicated website about their “epic build.”
Trojan Horse sculpture dismantled into repurposed cardboard
Animated Objects’s Trojan Horse was made entirely of cardboard and adhesive tape, without any scaffolding or wooden structure inside. No industrial lifting equipment was used either.
An impressive timelapse video posted on their YouTube channel bears witness to the entire build.
The cardboard used to make the sculpture was 900 m long in total and, as it was 99% biodegradable, all of it has been repurposed for other arts and community projects.
“Huge thanks to everyone involved in making it happen, and to the thousands of visitors who came along to watch it taking shape,” the theatre group wrote on the project’s website.