A New World-Record-Breaking 3D Chalk Drawing by Reebok

We feature a lot of chalk drawings here, but this one stands apart from the rest if only because it is the new Guinness World Record holder for largest chalk drawing. The creation by Joe and Max, was commissioned by Reebok to help promote their CrossFit sneakers (hence the brand name seen on the left side of the canyon above). The creation took a full week to complete (it rained most of the week) and stretches 1,160.4 square meters (3,807 square feet) and is 106.5 meters (345.5 feet) long. That’s a serious jump in size from the last Guinness Record holder for the title, Chinese artist Qi Xinghua’s Lions Gate Gorge, which stretched over 892 square meters.

Actors pose with gym equipment on what the Guinness World Records bills as the world’s largest 3D painting, at Canary Wharf in London (November, 2011)

This record-breaking drawing was created in London’s West India Quays, Canary Wharf, but even if you were in the city at the right time, the chances you got a glimpse of it are pretty slim…despite taking seven days to put up, it was removed the day after it was finished.

30 Replies to “A New World-Record-Breaking 3D Chalk Drawing by Reebok”

  1. Your square footage measurement is inaccurate. It appears that you converted the metric area into feet as if it were a linear measurement. 1160.4 meters squared is roughly 12490 feet squared, while 1160.4 meters in length is equal to roughly 3807 feet. Using the math, 11 meters is not equal to 11 feet.

    1. Ken, the math is correct. Area is measured in square ft, meters whatever. So it is 1160.4 SQUARE Meters, not 1160.4 Meters SQUARED. So the conversion is simply multiply meters by a 3.281 (appx ft per meter) to come up with the proper equivalent of 3807 square ft. (approximately)…

    2. No, actually Ken is right, to get the area is to multiply length by width. Therefore, you have to convert the length AND width from meters to feet before multiplying. You can’t simply convert m^2 into ft^2; it doesn’t work that way. He’s right; it is over 12000 square feet.

    3. Ken has a fair point, if the length ratio is a:b, then the area ratio is a^2:b^2 (and volume is a^3:b^3) But maths aside, this feat is quite extraordinary… Wish I could have one in my hallway xD

    4. Its Art not a technical drawing its to be percieved and not judged ! great work. I wonder if peaople would cus a childs picture because its not accurate. if you dont like it go draw your own !

    5. Ken you knob, who really gives a rats arse? A decent person would say “wow, very good”, Not “You got ya ruler muggled up”. Now DO ONE!

    6. Ken isn’t complaining about the art that was done, he was simply pointing out that the person who did the math for the area covered did it incorrectly.

      It may be insignificant to most but 3000sqft vs 12000sqft(yes I rounded down) is a huge difference and goes to add even more to the amazing work that this artist has created. They did an amazing job and the amount of effort that went into it was huge. If anything Ken was showing his appreciation for the art by not undermining the work that went into this by saying it’s 25% of the area

  2. Yay! Oh yes… I love 3D chalk drawings. This one is very cool, too. If this was real, the actors in the top one would have to be very hard-core to do that.
    Nice illusion!

  3. Chalk Drawing Optical Illusions are probably my Favorite type of Optical Illusions. It is “Mind Blowing” what some of the Artists are able to do with just few pieces of chalk!!!!!!! AMAZING!!!!!!!

  4. Wow! I wish I made t! I would put it on the floor of my house and walk around and take pictures! That would be seriously cool!!

  5. My favorite is the waterfall. It seems to be moving, which is amazing. I want to step on it. It must be amazing. I would pretend to fall down the “creevasse”. The guy standing on the so called “bridge” must feel safer than in the middle.


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