The ceramic mosaic mural located in Hanoi (Vietnam) measures 3.85 kilometers long (6,950m2). However, only a 810m section of the mural along the Red River road has set a new Guinness World Record. Beatriz Fernandez, a representative from the Guinness Book of World Records, presented the city with a certificate for the largest ceramic mosaic at a ceremony in Hanoi on October 5, when a plaque with “in celebration of Thang Long-Hanoi’s millennium anniversary”, was placed on the mural.
The mural, which is built on the walls of the Red River dyke, has been in construction since 2007 when the concept came from an idea of a Vietnamese artist, Nguyen Thu Thuy, a journalist and painter who works for the Hanoimoi newspaper. Ms Thuy wanted to mark the city’s millennium with an artistic mural which reinvigorated urban Hanoi and brought local communities together through public art.
Since 2007 the mosaic has involved 35 professional artists from Vietnam and from 10 countries including Denmark, France, Holland, Spain, Italy, Britain, America, Argentina, New Zealand and Australia. In addition, over 100 artisans from traditional ceramic villages in Vietnam joined the project and were supported by 500 Vietnamese and international children, and students from fine arts colleges throughout Vietnam.