Oldest, highest, biggest, most expensive…if you were to try to break a world record, what would you aim for? Would you be willing to run the world’s highest art gallery? Would you be up for creating the world’s most expensive piece of art? Perhaps the items below will give you some inspiration. Check out the list below for 10 world records related to art.
1. Largest art lesson
The largest art lesson involved 14,135 participants, achieved by Lions Club International District 323G1 (India) in Indore, India, on 11 November 2014. All participants completed a piece of art as part of this lesson. [Source]
2. Most expensive materials used in a piece of contemporary art
The most expensive contemporary artwork, in terms of the value of its raw materials, is For the Love of God, created from Â£12 million ($23.7 million) worth of materials in 2007 by Damien Hirst (UK), in collaboration with the British jewellery company, Bentley & Skinner. The human skull (that of a European male living between 1720 and 1810) was cast in 2,156 g (76 oz) of platinum, and set with 8,601 ethically-sourced flawless diamonds (weighing a total of 1,106.18 carats), including a 52.4-carat, pear-shaped pink diamond surrounded by 14 white brilliant-cut pear-shaped diamonds (weighing 37.81 carats), placed on the forehead. The skull’s original teeth were also set in the jaws of the skull. The work of art was revealed at The White Cube gallery, London, UK, on 1 June 2007. [Source]
3. Most walls covered by a mural
At Pachuca, Mexico, 209 building walls were covered by a single mural – El Macro Mural Barrio de Palmitas – when the art collective known as the German Crew painted them in a 20,000-square-metre pattern of bright colours. Completed in 14 months in 2014–15, and working with local residents, the finished design used more than 20,000 litres of paint and – when seen from afar – looks like a vibrant swirled rainbow, with stripes running across several houses.
This was part of a government project called Pachuca Paints Itself. According to director Enrique Gomez, the mural helps unite the community and rehabilitate the local neighbourhood. In total, 452 families and 1,808 people saw their homes transformed. [Source]
4. Most artists working on the same art installation
The most artists working on a single art installation was achieved by 201,948 artists who contributed to Face Britain, organised by the Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts, to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II and was displayed around the UK, from 19 to 21 April 2012. [Source]
5. Least valuable art collection in a public museum
The Museum of Bad Art’s (MOBA) collection in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, has the lowest value of any public museum’s art collection: its 573 works are worth a total of just $1,197.35 (£734) – an average of $2.09 (£1.21) apiece. The MOBA is the only museum in the world to be dedicated to the worst excesses of creative endeavour. The maximum amount paid for a work of art is $11.50 (£7.05). Most works are either pulled from trash heaps or donated. In 1998 the museum held the first drive-through car wash and art exhibition in the world, “Awash with bad art”, a charity event for the salvation Army. [Source]
6. Oldest sculpture
In September 2008, excavations at Hohle Fels Cave in the Swabian Jura of southwestern Germany uncovered a female figurine carved from Mammoth ivory. This figurine has been accepted by experts as the earliest ever depiction of a human, and the oldest known example of figurative art. It was found in the basal Aurignacian geological deposits dating this figure to somewhere between 35,000 and 40,000 years ago – an estimate subsequently confirmed by radio-carbon dating. This discovery radically changes our views of the context and meaning of the earliest Paleolithic art. Unlike previous carvings of likenesses of animals into bone and rock, this depiction of the voluptuous female form – known as the Venus of Hohle Fels – incorporates both biological accuracy and abstract form, meeting all the requirements for true art sculpture. [Source]
7. First discovered Palaeolithic cave art
Discovered in the 1870s, paintings of animals and handprints from the El Castillo cave in Puente Viesgo in the province of Cantabria, Spain, have been proved to be at least 40,800 years old. This makes them both the oldest cave art and the oldest paintings of any kind. [Source]
8. Highest contemporary art gallery
The highest contemporary art gallery is The Nautilus, situated at 4,300 metres above sea level in the base camp of Plaza de Mulas, on the west face of Mount Aconcagua, Argentina. The gallery is privately owned and run by Miguel Doura, a painter who studied Fine Arts at the Escuela Prilidiano Pueyrredón (currently Instituto Universitario Nacional del Arte) and has a lifelong passion for mountaineering. The art gallery, founded in 2003, is housed in a tent and exhibits about 40 of Doura’s paintings, which may also be viewed on webcam at http://www.aconcaguanow.com/draw.php. It is open seasonally during the climbing season (early December to early March) and dismantled during the winter months, when the extreme weather conditions make it impossible to keep it open. Doura’s choice of medium is oil pastels, as these can better stand the extreme winds and temperatures. [Source]
9. Largest tapestry
The largest tapestry measures 276.41 m² (2,975.3 ft²) and was achieved by Beijing Taihua Group Real Estate Development. Co., Ltd. (China). The tapestry is displayed at T-longee Plaza in Beijing, China and was measured on 9 July 2015.
The tapestry is one in a series of six, equally large hand-made silk tapestries. It was created with the help of Tsinghua University Finer Art Institute’s Academy of Art & Design, Furnishings Art Institute of Tsingshang Architectural Design and Research Institute, Dongsheng Carpet Group, Xiao Xipeng,Chen Luping, Liu Fangyong, Yan Dong, and Zhang Wei. The tapestries each measure 6.135 m by 45.054 m. They are all displayed vertically in a five story lobby. [Source]
10. Longest chalk pavement art
The longest chalk pavement art is 5,718.353 metres (18,760 ft 11 in) and was achieved by the City of Greely (USA) in Greeley, Colorado, USA on 12 October, 2015.
The residents of the City of Greeley attempted this record in order to pay tribute to their rich history of cultural, artistic, and creative endeavors. The theme “Celebrating Nature” was depicted throughout the chalk art. [Source]