A figure of a soldier from the first World War has been created from scrap metal in Dorset, England, to commemorate the sacrifices made by thousands of men from the region in the Great War.

Standing at more than 19½ feet and made from items including spanners, brake discs and horseshoes, the soldier took a blacksmith 3 months to make.

He’s an imposing figure with a corroded complexion, reflecting the weathered look of a soldier weary from war.

The soldier is a commission from a forge near Sherborne for private clients who plan to display it next year.

The forge says it catches the eye of most people passing by and they often stop to admire him.

The soldier was built by Martin Galbavy, a Slovakian blacksmith and artist. It has taken him 3 months to weld the statue together.

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