That’s a great picture!
I mean literally, the world’s largest seamless photograph in now on display. “The Great Picture” as the photographers are naming it, shows an abandoned Marine Corps Air Station located in Southern California.
The image that measures a record breaking 3,375 square foot size – 31ft high and 107ft wide as created by six artists: Jerry Burchfield, Mark Chamberlain, Jacques Garnier, Rob Johnson, Douglas McCulloh, and Clayton Spada, and hundreds of volunteers.
So, how do you exactly create the world’s largest image? Well, by using the world’s largest camera of course, and applying a method that has been around for 2000 years.
The artists– who broke the Guinness World Record– applied the camera-obscura technique by using an abandoned fighter jet hanger as a giant pinhole camera, by sealing the entire interior from outside light. The pinhole measured about a quarter-inch and was located between the hangar’s metal doors.
The final image revealed control towers and runways from the former Marine Corps Air Station in Irvine, CA. The photograph originally created in 2006, is now on display at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Virginia, USA until November.
Artist Douglas McCulloh said: “The Great Picture as a photograph is distinct from almost every photograph in the world. It remains linked to, and an integral part of, both the camera and the place by containing the information of the place within it. It also contains the process. You can’t look at it and not ask – what was the camera?”