Ahead of this summer’s World Cup tournament in Brazil, UKTV channel Dave challenged artist Quentin Devine to carve five of England’s most iconic footballing legends entirely out of Brazil nuts. And he’s totally smashed it.
The faces of Gary Lineker, Paul Gascoigne, David Beckham, Alan Shearer and current England star Wayne Rooney have been skilfully carved into the local Brazilian delicacy.
Each nut, measuring an average of 1.5cm by 2cm, took on average a painstaking 96 hours to carve, with Quentin working day and night to perfect Rooney’s hairline, the raw emotion of Gazza and Beckham’s dashing good looks.
He worked his way through 53 nuts before finally cracking the finished portraits and spent the most time finessing Gary Lineker’s oversized ears.
“The nuts can be very oily and extremely brittle but I think I managed to successfully capture the essence of each these football heroes,” said Quentin.
“My final piece, Gary Lineker, proved to be a tough nut to crack with his large ear span reducing the already tiny surface area I had to work with. After over 20 attempts, many broken ears and all hope lost, I finally perfected it.”