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Comic Relief 2011: sand artworks in Portmeirion

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Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain | 12:08 UK time, Friday, 18 February 2011

Welsh artist Theo Shields created a 100-metre sand artwork in Portmeirion to publicise the 2011 Comic Relief campaign.

The 18-year-old worked alongside Ben Wayman and Pippa Ogle for five hours to create the three Red Nose characters - Honkus, Chucklechomp and Captain Conk - in the sand, braving the cold February winds.

The artwork's creation was filmed by Jake Carpenter, and can be seen here:

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Theo Shields has appealed to the public to go and 'do something funny for money' in his colossal artwork with the hope to raise support for Comic Relief funded projects in Wales and abroad.

Shields, who has already been commissioned to create his sand-art for the likes of Wakestock festival, says: "The new Red Noses are really cool, I've enjoyed putting my own take on them by blowing them up to such a huge scale. Working on the beach around tides and Welsh weather is always a challenge but with help from friends it becomes part of the fun, I'm just glad I finished before the tide came in!

"I really wanted to do something for Comic Relief because of the great projects they support right here in Wales, I really hope the people of Wales we raise a lot of money this year!"

Red Nose Day takes place on Friday 18 March, and the public are urged to do something funny for money. All the money raised by the public for Red Nose Day will help change the lives of poor and vulnerable people right here in Wales, across the UK and in Africa.


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