- Title: Argentine mural builds ties across border, breaks world record
- Date: 20th October 2019
- Summary: POSADAS, ARGENTINA (OCTOBER 19, 2019) (REUTERS) PENCIL-DRAWN MURAL ON WALL VARIOUS OF MURALIST DRAWING ON WALL MURAL DRAWING VARIOUS OF MURALISTS AT WORK VARIOUS OF MURALIST COORDINATOR, VALERIA GARIBOTTI, SKETCHING MURAL ON PAPER (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MURALIST COORDINATOR, VALERIA GARIBOTTI, SAYING: "We're close to beating the record for a pencil-drawn mural, which is one of the techniques that the people from Guinness World Records suggested to us. The possibility of doing it on this wall came up, which is 160 square meters (1,722 square feet) and that surpasses by almost three times the world record which is 84 square meters (904 square feet)." VARIOUS OF GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS REPRESENTATIVE CHECKING MURAL SURVEY EQUIPMENT VARIOUS OF GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS REPRESENTATIVE LOOKING AT SURVEY EQUIPMENT (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MURALIST COORDINATOR, VALERIA GARIBOTTI, SAYING: "We used 800 pencils for this work and also erasers and knives. In general, with everything related to the project of the largest pencil-drawn mural and the longest mural in the world that we have coming up and that we're painting, we have 55 artists from across the country and from abroad. We have people from Bolivia, from Peru and Paraguay." VARIOUS OF ARTISTS WORKING ON FOUR-KILOMETER-LONG PAINTED MURAL VARIOUS OF IMAGES ON MURAL VARIOUS OF ARTISTS PAINTING (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE YAVIRETA BINATIONAL ENTITY, MARTIN GOERLING, SAYING: "A concrete wall five and a half meters (18 feet) tall and nearly a kilometer (0.6 miles) long was made to separate the front, the center of the border from the city. Well, from one day to the next the citizens, the neighbors found themselves with a concrete wall that caused a big stir, much displeasure because it was separating us when the idea was to unite the two cities." VARIOUS OF MURALISTS DRAWING (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE YAVIRETA BINATIONAL ENTITY, MARTIN GOERLING, SAYING: "We thought about altering it artistically, we contacted the International Muralist Association, we formed an agreement, and it was they who brought all the artists together and made the sketch, which we asked to represent all the culture of our two countries, of our two cities." SIGN READING (Spanish) "WORLD'S BIGGEST MURAL" MURAL ON WALL ARTIST PAINTING VARIOUS OF MURAL IMAGES VARIOUS OF MURALISTS DRAWING IN PENCIL TIME-LAPSE OF SUN SETTING
- Embargoed: 3rd November 2019 05:06
- Keywords: Guinness World Record pencil draw Argentina Paraguay paint art mural border wall
- Location: POSADAS, ARGENTINA
- City: POSADAS, ARGENTINA
- Country: Argentina
- Topics: Art,Arts / Culture / Entertainment
- Reuters ID: LVA001B1WHR9J
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: A mural on a wall near Argentina's border with Paraguay, which was created by 55 artists from across Latin America, was recognized on Saturday (October 19) by Guinness World Records as the largest pencil-drawn surface in the world.
In 2014 the Yavireta Binational Entity (EBY) build a concrete wall some 4,000 meters (2.5 miles) long and five high (16 feet) in Posadas, Argentina, which "caused a big stir, much displeasure because it was separating us," said the organization's executive director, Martin Goerling.
EBY authorities hoped to smooth over the discontent by creating a mural that would represent the cultures of Argentina and Paraguay according to Goerling.
The mural is made up of two parts, one is painted and tells the history of the border region from the ancient past to the present. The other is related to the same theme, but is pencil-drawn.
The pencil-drawn portion won the world record Saturday, taking the top spot from a mural spanning some 85 square meters (915 square feet) in Colombia.
Artists from Argentina, Paraguay, Peru and Bolivia followed sketches and used some 1,200 liters (317 gallons) of paint and 800 pencils to create the murals in around 12 days of work.
(Production: Miguel Lo Bianco, Claudia Martini)
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