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The One Million Masterpiece project has officially broken the current World Record to become the world’s largest artistic collaboration. The project, launched in July 2006, is an ambitious attempt to unite people from all cultures across the world in the global language of art.
The previous record for the most artists creating a single artwork was set in Brenham, Texas, where 25,297 people contributed to a painting titled A Little Dab of Texas. While the previous record was set over 3 years and 7 months, the One Million Masterpiece has used internet technology to achieve the record in just 11 months.
So far 25,298 people from 174 countries have each created a small section of one huge digital canvas, forming a giant mosaic of images that would stand 10 metres high if printed – the size of a two story house. The project is open to people of all ages and abilities and hopes eventually to provide a unique visual snapshot of our world through the eyes of one million people.
The 25,298th member to join the project was Geraldine Tough from Crayford in London. Geraldine heard about the project from a friend and unknowingly pushed the number of participants over the previous record when registering. Her contribution embodies the project’s core aim of create a work of art that encompasses all abilities, ages and cultures. On hearing the news she was quick to point out that “I am no artist, but thought even I could do something here”. She was right.
Project founder and artist Paul Fisher states that: “This project is about getting a huge variety of people to get artistic and contribute whatever they can, no matter who they are and where they’re from. We have examples of fine art, of animation, poetry, doodles and jokes that reveal a who range of emotions that stretch from happiness and caring to fear and sadness”.
As well as being a challenging artistic venture, The One Million Masterpiece is a non-profit initiative that aims to raise over £1 million for global humanitarian and environmental charities, including Save The Children, Oxfam, World Cancer Research Fund, and ActionAid. This will be achieved through voluntary donations collected from project members.
Anyone with access to the Internet can still take part by visiting www.millionmasterpiece.com.
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