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Big Ben sculpture marks recycling

Big Ben sculpture
The artwork was made by renowned sculptor Robert Bradford

A 6m (20ft) high sculpture of Big Ben made from Coca-Cola cans has been unveiled in London's South Bank to inspire more people to recycle.

The artwork, made by sculptor Robert Bradford, was commissioned to mark the start of Recycle Week from Monday.

The Big Ben tower is one of four sculptures being unveiled across the UK to raise awareness of recycling.

Recycle Week is launched by WRAP - a not-for-profit company helping people and organisations reduce waste.

'Fantastic initiative'

A replica of the Angel of the North sculpture, made out of 10,000 miniature Coke cans, has gone on display in Gateshead.

Models of Bristol's Clifton Suspension Bridge and the Birmingham Bull statue will be unveiled on Monday.

London Mayor Boris Johnson said he hoped the sight of the capital landmark would inspire Londoners to recycle.

"Recycle Week is a fantastic initiative and does a huge amount to encourage us all to recycle more," he said.

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