Treasure hunt turns into art passion for Ed

WASH BOWL: Edward Morris, alias Metal Detector Man, with The Wash Bowl, one of his three artwork pieces based on King John's lost treasure which is reputed to have sunk in mud around The Wash 800 years ago. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG280217-208TW.

A South Holland artist will give new meaning to the phrase “hidden treasure” when his first masterpiece goes on display later today.

Edward Morris, who works under the name “Metal Detector Man”, has proudly entered a stool made out of nails in this year’s South Holland Open Arts Exhibition which runs until Thursday, March 9.

Nailed It, one of three pieces made by Edward within the past year, set the artist on a potentially more lucrative journey to find the treasure reputedly lost by King John in The Wash 800 years ago.

Edward said: “I’d been metal detecting around Lincolnshire for six years but all I found were nails, rather than treasure.

“But instead of getting down and feeling sorry for myself, I turned the nails and other things I found into my own treasure.

“Eventually, I found an object which inspired me to keep on following my dreams.

Instead of getting down and feeling sorry for myself, I turned the nails and other things I found into my own treasure

Edward Morris, alias ‘Metal Detector Man’

“It turned out to be a metallic object which I traced back to King Henry I and then to his great-grandson King John.”

Nailed It may have been the only piece by Edward to make it into the exhibition, but two other items made by “Metal Detector Man” celebrate his quest to find King John’s Lost Treasure, possibly in South Holland.

Edward said: “Horsesome was made out of wood given to me by developers who are renovating old pubs in South Holland.

“They were going to be thrown onto a bonfire but I’ve made something out of them.

“Horsesome is supposed to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the 2,000 lives lost when King John’s baggage train went down in the Wash.”

The other piece is The Wash Bowl, made out of an old tree log and with a medallion at the centre of it which Edward claimed to have traced back to King John’s great-grandfather, King Edward I.

“I was excited to get Nailed It into the exhibition, but also disappointed because I wanted The Wash Bowl in as well.”

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