To celebrate Wales coming third globally for its recycling credentials, Welsh artist Nathan Wyburn created a 3sqm sculpture of Sir David Attenborough at the Royal Welsh Show in July using 1,000 recycled plastic bottles.

The sculpture was completed in six hours and was made with recycled bottles provided by Welsh soft drinks and water manufacturer Radnor Hills – the official water sponsor of the Builth Wells show.

Wyburn specializes in using non-traditional mediums and his previous work includes portraits of Dominic Cummings made from cumin, Piers Morgan (Marmite on toast), Gareth Southgate (ice-cream cones) and Perrie Edwards from Little Mix (peri-peri sauce).

It was an honour to create a celebration of the legendary Sir David Attenborough

“I was thrilled to throw my support behind a charity and a drinks manufacturer who both promote the sustainable message that is so important to me,” comments Wyburn. “As an artist who uses recycled materials for my art, this was a perfect partnership, and it was an honour to create a celebration of the legendary Sir David Attenborough.”

Commenting on the project, in collaboration with Keep Britain Tidy, Radnor Hills founder and MD William Watkins says: “As a company, our pledge to the planet is that we will continually improve wherever we can to become more sustainable and to protect the environment around us … It was great to team up with Keep Tidy Wales on this artistic project and to watch Nathan transform hundreds of our recycled bottles into an exciting piece of art.”

The sculpture will now be taken on a tour around Wales after which it will be auctioned off to raise money for a Welsh green initiative charity.