Indian businesswoman creates world record for mosaic portrait

New Delhi, Jan 30 (PTI) An India-born woman entrepreneurhas entered the Guinness record for executing a toweringmosaic portrait, the largest in the world, using only handmademarble tiles.

The 8x 5 metre portrait of Sultan Qaboos bin Said, theruler of Oman presented to him in November 2010 on the 40thanniversary of his accession to power has been created out ofstones sourced from the mountains and sea beds of Oman.

�We managed to get a photograph of the Sultan dressed ina simple dress taken by his personal photographer and used itas a template for the marble portrait,� Kanika, founder of theUK-based company Ka Design Atelier that executed the projectproduced by Bahrain-based Bramco group told PTI.

Dewan who collaborated with Bahrain based Bramco groupsays she personally chose blocks in the mountains to be minedexclusively for the portrait.

�The mosaic had to match the colours in the photograph soI chose red rocks for the turban and gold beige for the dress.

A desert rose was chosen for the dress, part of skinreflections and skin tones. For white colour we sourcedpebbles from the sea,� says Dewan.

The blocks were brought to Bahrain, sliced and polished.

Stainless steel templates were used to cut the slab intoindividual square 1x1 size pieces. The end portrait consistedof 128,274 individual pieces using 90 different shades ofmarble.

The masterpiece sponsored by various organisations wascompleted in four months with the collaboration of 15 artists.

�The Sultan has not yet decided where he will hang theportrait but I think he will display it in a public area,�says Dewan.

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