Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Saimir Strati's Nail Mosaic

Saimir Strati holds the Guinness World Record for the largest mosaic made of nails. It took his 24 days and 500,000 nails to create the mosaic shown below. It is a copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s self-portrait, drawn in red chalk on paper in 1512 (also shown below).

If you’re interested in seeing more pictures of Saimir Strati’s nail mosaic, including pictures of the artist creating the mosaic, click here.

Many people do not consider this nail mosaic art because Strati just copied someone else’s image. They think what Strati created is no better than a paint-by-numbers using nails. It must have been difficult, though, to create the shading and depth by hammering the nails in at differing heights. What do you think? Is Strati an artist or just a man with a tired arm?

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