PICS: This colourful artwork is the largest outdoor mural in the world!

2018-12-19 18:00
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A dreary grain silo that was transformed into an enormous colourful artwork in South Korea has been named by Guinness World Records as the largest outdoor mural in the world.

The painting which depicts a young boy's journey into adulthood covers the outside of giant storage containers in the port city of Incheon, west of Seoul, taking up 23 688 square metres.

The mural was commissioned by the city's government and port authority as part of efforts to improve the negative view of aged industrial facilities, an idea which originated from the community art projects of the 1920s that swept the United States and Mexico, according to the South's Yonhap news agency.

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largest mural in the world on a grain silo

(Photo: Ed Jones, AFP)

Twenty-two artists used more than 850 000 litres of paint to tell the story which reflects the seasons and resembles 16 individual book covers, at a cost of 550 million won (about R6.98 million at 78.84 won/R).

It topples the previous record holder by a significant margin - the Pueblo Levee Project in Pueblo, in the US state of Colorado, at 16,554 square metres.

Government and port officials also hope the mural will give a boost to tourism on Wolmi Island, one of the top tourist spots near Incheon.

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largest mural in the world on a grain silo

(Photo: Ed Jones, AFP)

largest mural in the world on a grain silo

(Photo: Ed Jones, AFP)

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