How do you make a trophy out of scrap metal?
That’s the question that prompted an American-born artist to tackle the problem of making the most expensive trophy in the world from scrap metal, and he managed to do it in under a month.
Drew Tisdale is an American born in Michigan who lives in Los Angeles, and his work is exhibited around the world.
He began making his trophy, dubbed the “Camel of the World”, at age 20.
“The first piece of scrap that I made was a brass ring.
That was in 2014, and it was an amazing piece of metal that I have since sold,” Tisdales told The Verge.
Tisdale’s trophy, which costs $4,500 USD (around $5,000 US), is the biggest in the history of the American car museum.
“When you look at the original piece of brass, the piece that is in the Museum of Fine Arts in New York, the brass that I used in the final product is one of the most valuable brass pieces in the museum,” he explained.
“But, the metal itself was melted down into scrap metal.”
So, Tisdalale decided to make the entire piece out of the metal that he had found.
“There’s a lot of scrap metals that are really expensive, and I thought, well, I could just use scrap metal and do the whole thing myself, but there are so many different metals that can be used,” Tiddale said.
“So, it just made sense to me to use that scrap metal as my material for the trophy.”
I was actually quite amazed at how much scrap metal it took to make this thing,” he continued.”
It took about two weeks to make.
It took me about three months to finish.
“But, because of the limited space, Tiddales and his team were only able to make one trophy.
After months of work, Tydales’ trophy was finally made and presented to the American audience at the 2016 International Automobile Show.
The project cost about $4.5 million (around £2.4 million) and Tiddalas goal was to get it to the Museum in Los Angelas.”
A lot of people in the U.S. think that’s the most famous car museum in the United States, but I think it’s actually one of my most recognized pieces,” Teddalas said.
Tiddalase made the trophy from scrap brass that he found in the car museum and sold it to museum owner John Cottrell.”
We sold it for about $3,000 (around €2,400), which is a lot,” Tiedemann said.”
It was very difficult because I could only use one type of brass for each part, and the metal was all so rare and expensive.”
We sold it for about $3,000 (around €2,400), which is a lot,” Tiedemann said.
But Tiddals trophy has been the inspiration behind other American car collectors to make their own trophy.
There are currently more than 20,000 American car museums, and each one is dedicated to making the highest quality car museum trophies.
Tidds trophy has inspired a handful of car enthusiasts in the US, including two American athletes who took their trophies to the 2015 Rio Olympics, and two American drivers who took theirs to the 2016 IndyCar Series race.