16 Impossibly Large Works of Art

These flicks make the extended Lord of the Rings collection look like a TikTok.
16 Impossibly Large Works of Art

Is bigger always better? Not necessarily. With things like bruises, cow turds and explosions, bigger can absolutely mean worse. But with art? It’s hard to say. Impossible massiveness feels like it has to come at a cost — a huge piece of art has by its very nature been poured over less and obsessed over less than something small but honed to perfection.

But there’s something inherently pleasing about anything honkin’ massive. Like, even if it’s a bit shitty, if something’s enormous enough, it’s still impressive. If someone does a painting a mile long that absolutely sucks, there’s still something to it — it’s better, by sheer dint of bigness, than an equally suck-ass painting on a piece of paper. That’s just inarguably true.

Some art sets out to be enormous as its main reason for being, while other stuff just keeps on going because its artist simply doesn’t stop. Either way, there’s something self-indulgent and masturbatory once things go beyond a certain reasonable bigness — particularly in the case of item #1 on the list…

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The 600-Year Organ Recital

CRACKED John Cage's composition Organ2/ASLSP (As Slow as Possible) is currently being played on an organ in Halberstadt, Germany, in a performance set to finish in the year 2640. The longest version completed so far took 16 hours.


The Month-Long Documentary

CRACKED The Swedish film Logistics follows the production of a pedometer in reverse, going from the filmmakers' home of Stockholm to, eventually, a factory in Shenzen. It's 51,420 minutes long - that's 857 hours or 35 days and 17 hours.


Sitting Down, For Ages, For Art

CRACKED Performance artist Marina Abramović is famous for endurance-based works. Her 2010 work The Artist Is Present involved sitting still for 736 and a half hours over several months maintaining eye contact with thousands of people as they sat opposite her.

Source / MoMA 

A Half-Court by One Artist

CRACKED Indian artist Sarans К.К. holds the Guinness World Record for the largest oil painting by a single artist, for his 1,800-square-foot portrait of three of the UAE's leaders.


Artwork for Aliens

CRACKED The mysterious Nazca Lines in Peru, a series of enormous geoglyphs dug into the desert floor, cover 19 square miles and are best seen from above (while pre-dating flight by over a thousand years).


Marcel’s Monstrous Modernist Masterpiece

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The Ever-Growing, Neverending Fanfic Leviathan

CRACKED The Loud House: Revamped is a giant, sprawling work of crossover fanfiction, over 17 million words and counting, featuring My Little Pony, anime characters and a lot of swearing.

Source / Nick 

The World-Sized Photo of a City

CRACKED H . In 2018, 55,000 photos taken from a telecom tower in Kuala Lumpur were digitally stitched together in a panorama resulting in a colossal 846-gigapixel, 360-degree image of the city that's a lot of fun to play around with.


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