Worlds Largest Painting in National Hockey Stadium
On Pakistan Day - March 23, 2012, an attempt was made by the youth of Pakistan to make World's largest painting record. Over 1300 male and female students from different educational institutes of Pakistan collaborated to make this painting with the theme "Colors of Pakistan".
For this event, Gov't of Punjab gave permission to use National Hockey Stadium. The event started at 9:00am morning with white canvas place on the ground, measuring 42,000 square feet. The 260 teams that participated in the record attempt today were selected from among 500 teams who participated in the most recent street art competition.
Students portrayed traditions, culture, historical buildings, handy crafts and dresses in their work representing different provinces of Pakistan. All the paintings were arranged and planned in a manner to take the shape of the flag of Pakistan once all paintings were completed. Students were really happy to take part in this event and exhibited discipline and team spirit during whole event.
The students claimed to have set a world record breaking a previous record of 34,000 square feet painting created by 350-member Nigerian team in 2010.
The event was organized by Master Paint and Message Welfare Trust. Mudassir Zia, founder of the Message Welfare Trust – an organization that has been holding street art competitions for the last three years to discourage wall chalking – said that the idea had stemmed from a “desire to push boundaries”. Zia said that event was being organized on Pakistan Day so that youth could be encouraged to pay tribute to their homeland.
The attempt is filmed and will be sent to Guinness World Records. “Usually judges from the Guinness World Records are flown in but we could not afford to,” said Zia. He thanked the provincial government for supporting the attempt by allowing them to use the stadium and providing flax sheets. “We hope to set a record” said Zia, adding, “This is just one of the things the youth of this country are capable of.”