A huge Marilyn Monroe artwork made out of more than 26,000 screws has finally gone on display in a gallery in Sunderland
Graphic designer Darren Timby has been working on the huge six-foot-high and four-foot-wide board since the beginning of the year in memory of his dad Billy who passed away in January.
Along with blood, sweat and tears, the artwork was made from 26,304 screws of different colours which were used to create Marilyn’s famous face and weighs around 14 stone.
If each screw were placed next to each, Darren said they would be a kilometre long- which is a little over half a mile.
Now after months of hard work, the piece of art has gone on display in Frederick Street Gallery in Sunderland.
However, getting it there was a three-man job as the 39-year-old from Roker, Sunderland, explained: “It weighed 14 stone in the end and it took three big lads to get it on an American 5-litre truck.
“It hadn’t rained for about ten days but on that day it decided to rain. I didn’t have to strap it down at all it just went in the back and it just lodged in place.
“I went to see it with my mother yesterday and although she’s seen it a dozen times it was nothing until she saw it in its true setting.
“It looked so vibrant and the lighting was amazing.”
The piece has been valued at £7,500 and Darren hopes one day it will be a centrepiece in a Hard Rock Cafe.
He said: “Just to see that price tag on it is incredible. I said I’d always love to see it in a Hard Rock Cafe.
“I’ve had a few emotional moments when I was getting ready to take it down and when I went to see it with my mum I thought my dad would love this.
“I’ve had lots of tags from people who have visited it on Facebook which is just amazing to see and people who don’t usually go there are going there just to see it.”
The screws are drilled into a face board with a timber frame surrounding it with Darren estimating he has spent £450 on materials.
Each screw is a pixel in the montage and Darren uses, black, silver, white and grey colours as well as red coloured screws for Marilyn’s lips.
The stunning artwork was made in memory of Darren’s dad Billy Timby who he said was the driving force behind his creativity.
Darren, who runs ImageBlox, said: “I lost my dad in January and we were like two peas in a pod, we did everything together.
“My dad was quite creative and this is something me and him would have been working on together but I didn’t quite start it until after he passed away.
“He was a Jack of all trades, he taught us about not rushing into things and to plan what we’re going to do.
“Every day he would be knocking on my door before I was even up and he would just start drilling holes.
“We did lots of stuff in his garden, his conservatory and he was always into casting.
“Marilyn Monroe was one of my dad’s favourite female stars and he loved Elvis Presley so I’d love to do an Elvis one next.”