German born, New Orleans-based artist Stephan Wanger of Galeria Alegria is about to break his own Guinness World Record of the largest mosaic mostly made out of recycled Mardi Gras beads. This record is about to fall this Mardi Gras season as Wanger is working in close cooperation with the community and countless volunteers this time, who are helping him to do it by Feb. 13, 2013. The record will benefit the Arc of greater New Orleans and St. Michael Special School, both Mardi Gras bead recycling centers.
Titled “Paragons of New Orleans”, the artwork will measure an incredible 42′ in length and 8′ in height and will contain an approximate 1.5 million beads, 90 percent of which are recycled Mardi Gras Beads. Founding artist Stephan Wanger began creating large, intricate mosaics from precisely cut and sorted Mardi Gras beads in an attempt to stem the tide of waste dumped into landfills every year following the Mardi Gras celebration. What he comes up with are beautiful images of Louisiana’s iconic landmarks and landscapes.
Source: Press Release