A talented artist has created a life-size model of Queen Elizabeth II, using thousands of playing cards and hundreds of dice. Mateo Blanco’s unique five-foot-four structure was built using around 4,000 casino playing cards, taking him more than five months to complete. The inspiration for the work, Mateo said, came while reading Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. A lover of English literature and British pop culture, Mateo decided to make his own version of the Queen of Hearts basing his model, instead, on the Queen of England. life-size real dimensions / model representation / dice (inv.) cube with numbers on each side used in games of chance / five-foot-four about 1m60 / to complete to accomplish, finish / Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Les Aventures d’Alice au pays des merveilles / own personal, original / ( the) Queen of Hearts play on words between the Queen of Hearts in the novel and the playing card / instead in the place of.

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