When it comes to outrageously-oversized—and unfortunately, totally impractical—DIY contraptions, by God, the Chinese do it best. An industrious Fujian man is the latest to join the chamber of amateur architects/engineers/sculptors in China after he spent 180,000 RMB (US$30,000) crafting an enormous pair of copper shoes.
Chinese media outlet Tencent reported on the Fuzhou man’s feat, which required more than half a year of his efforts.
The 67-year-old man claims he was inspired by a dream from almost 30 years ago in which he envisioned Qin Shihuang (China’s first emperor who was famously entombed with an army of terracotta warriors) wearing copper shoes.
It is thus rather appropriate that the fruit of his labours has such legendary measurements befitting his regal muse. Each shoe is 1.3 metres high, 80 centimetres wide, 2.3 metres long, weighs over a ton and can fit two people inside. These boots are certainly not made for walking.
While this shoe enthusiast is to be applauded for his dedication, we may soon be questioning the viability of DIY innovations in China due to their growing absurdity.
Just last week, a Hubei man proudly unveiled his “Chinese Dream”, a replica helicopter which doesn’t actually fly, and we’re still scratching our heads over the Lamborghini Roadster crafted out of mahogany.
By Liam Bourke