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The art of destruction
The idea of Boxwars came about from a group of friends who liked to build armour using discarded cardboard and proceeded to destroy their creations shortly afterwards. Ten years has lapsed since the first cardboard war event was held in Melbourne. Their idea and fan base has expanded across to Toronto and Edinburgh. You may have also sighted these creations at Stereosonic or other music festivals.
The annual Boxwars has since been a high energy event to be held traditionally on December 26 each year. The start of the war is quite similar to the Boxing Day sale madness when doors open to crazy shoppers looking to grab a bargain. Instead, imagine the participants dressed fully in cardboard, pumped with adrenaline and wanting to tear the cardboard off each other with no mercy.
Some imaginative cardboard armoury and costumes from previous years include:
Admission is free. Spectators are welcome and are advised to watch from the sidelines. Allow plenty of time for street parking as the event draws a large crowd.
Once the siren signifies the start of the event, the war is intriguing to watch as impressive cardboard pieces are destroyed in a matter of minutes. Who will be the hero or heroine emerging as the last one standing?