Snugbury's, an ice-cream shop in Cheshire, England, has erected a 35' tall, six tonne straw dalek. It moves its gun turret and plays audio. They're also selling "daLick" cones with proceeds to Cancer Research UK. Apparently, this got through the local council without any straw-dalek arguments.
Snugbury's has been erecting its giant straw sculptures for more than 10 years, but this one is by far the most advanced yet.
It features two fully movable parts - the head and the gun - and also includes audio.
It is the brainchild of engineer Mike Harper, whose team of volunteers have put in an estimated 700 man hours to bring the creation to life.
Hannah said: "It was Mike who suggested that it should move, so really he set himself that challenge.
Giant Dalek invades Cheshire countryside [Chester Chronicle]
(via Mitch Wagner)
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