A father and son team are tiling their garage floor – using 33,000 2p coins.
Dominic Lowe, 55, and his 25-year-old son, Jon, are midway through fixing a stunning copper mosaic floor covering 5 metres square.
Eventually the floor space will be covered with about 33,700 coins – worth £674 – and so far about 17,000 have been meticulously stuck down with tubes of glue.
The mammoth project also involves soaking the coins in Coca-Cola in to make them shine.
Retired Dominic coined the idea after seeing a picture on Facebook and decided it would be the perfect way to jazz up the newly-built garage at his home.
He said: “We’ve been polishing some of the coins and leaving some dull to create a two-tone effect.
“I wanted to put the coins in a pattern – I think it reminds different people of different things, for some people it’s like the pyramids, inside the tombs.
“In the evening, the sun comes through the windows and bounces off the metal – it’s beautiful.”
It is a two-man job, as he and Jon spend about ten hours a week bending over their handiwork and laying down the triangles of coins.
Jon’s twin brother James has helped collect coins, and younger sister Katie, 21, has spent a few hours helping to get the floor ready.
Retired Dominic coined the idea after seeing a picture on Facebook and decided it would be the perfect way to jazz up the newly-built garage at his home in Pensford, Somerset.
Friends have donated their spare change and Dominic has had strangers coming up to him on the street and handing him 2p coins since he started it three weeks ago.
“We’ve used 12 tubes of glue so far, we’ve been given coins from the Isle of Man, the Falklands, Gibraltar, and I might use pennies to fill up the gaps near the edge,” he said.
Bar manager Jon added: “It’s been a great project to be involved with, and I can’t wait for it to be finished because my back’s starting to hurt.
And he wants to hold a celebratory party when it’s all finished: “It will have the best dance floor in the village.”