WORLD'S LARGEST MURAL?
17 Jul 2017
Street artist Misha Most has recently completed a 10,800-square-meter mural in Vyska, Russia. The mural is sparking world-record interests as it is currently the largest single-artist wall mural.
treet artist Misha Most has recently completed Evolution 2 the gargantuan 10,800-square-meter mural in Vyska, Russia. The artwork covers the facade of the Stan-5000 industrial complex which belongs to the oldest Russian manufacturer, Vyksa Steel Works.
The mural project was chosen in the course of the Vyksa 10,000 open competition and is part of the ArtOvrag urban art festival curated by Sabina Changina and Russian creative studio Artmossphere. Artmossphere is known for curating various art projects, exhibitions, and festivals connected with street art with both established and upcoming street artists.
In his mural, Most “develops issues of progress, evolution and overcoming one’s own abilities. He rethinks the ideas of Russian cosmism and aggrandizes a working man” said a spokesperson for Artmossphere.
The Vyksa 10,000 open competition aimed to “make the art forms of mural and graffiti more popular and highlight them as a contemporary direction of visual arts.” Organizers of the competition received 260 application sketches coming from 34 countries, including Japan and Australia, as well as Latin and Central America.
Evolution-2 was created by the artist Most with the help of five assistants over a period of 35 days. It is dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the United Metallurgical Company (OMK) and the 260th anniversary of the metallurgical plant in Vyksa (which is part of the OMK). According to Artmossphere, this artwork is the largest monumental wall painting in the world, which authorship belonging to one artist. However, one by artists Ella & Pitr measuring 21,000-square-meters in Norway is painted on the roof instead of the building’s facade, so the record will depend on the interpretation of a mural surface.
Representatives of the Guinness World Records have expressed interest in the Vyksa 10,000 contest, and are "considering the inclusion of the winning project in the collection of world records." With Most as its only author, the mural seems to have no equal in size and complexity as a solo work.
Images courtesy of Artmossphere.