The home of English football now has three lions made of rubbish
The Tank is always impressed by initiatives that turn rubbish into something more useful. The torn-up tyres that cushion children's play grounds. The fishing nets ground up into carpets. The production team at Masterchef. Heroes all.
For many, the most apposite application of this alchemist's touch may well be Roy Hodgson, although in the Tank's opinion, the beleaguered England football manager is more adept at turning silk purses into sow's ears, rather than the other way round.
Still, fans of irony - or the ironically erroneous modern usage of irony - will find something to cheer at the lastest move by the Football Association, which in its great wisdom has unveiled two lions made of reclaimed Wembley waste in the national stadium's corporate area.
Artist Faith Bebbington used cardboard, plastic cups, and even broken plastic seats to demonstrate how these materials can be re-purposed. "I loved the challenge of using a load of rubbish to make something lovely," she told WembleyStadium.com. "I feel really proud and I just want plenty of people to see them."
Leaving aside the question of whether Bebbington could do it on a wet Wednesday night at Stoke, what's in it for the FA?
Well, Wembley has been a "zero waste to landfill" venue since 2010, recycling up to 86 per cent of event day waste, and sending the rest to a waste-to-energy plant. More importantly the two lions complete a fearsome triumvirate with the recycled stainless steel lion created by artist Michael Turner currently guarding the stadium entrance.
So that's three "rubbish" lions coming hot on the heels of England's limp World Cup performance. Hmmm - The Tank can't help but wonder if the FA's zeal for upcycling could one day turn England's football team into something more effective.
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