British artist Quentin Devine, designer of such art pieces as the penny coin portrait of Queen Elizabeth II and the Mona Lisa self-portrait mosaic, has created a massive Pokémon card mosaic to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Pokémon franchise. Constructed using a whopping 12,987 cards from the Pokémon TCG, it earned Devine a place in the Guinness World Records for the world’s largest trading card mosaic!
Over 10 meters tall and 7 meters wide, the Pokémon card mosaic is actually a large-scale replica of Pikachu from Black & White: Boundaries Crossed. While the initial press release and related tweet announced that this mosaic set a new world record, it was confirmed on Devine’s official site that he is now a Guinness World Record holder for what is his largest art project to date.
The official Pokémon Youtube channel has released a new video commemorating the event, which you can view here:
You can see photos of the mosaic just below:
Finally, here’s the official press release:
London, United Kingdom, 21 March 2016 – The Pokémon Company International has partnered with British artist Quentin Devine to create the world’s largest trading card mosaic, consisting of 12,987 individual Pokémon Trading Card Game cards. The massive work of art, measuring 71.54 square metres and hanging at over 10 metres tall and 7 metres wide, was unveiled today in Paris.
The finished mosaic, which secures a new world record, forms the image of beloved Pokémon character Pikachu, using the original iconic pose drawn by GAME FREAK illustrator Ken Sugimori.
Anthony Cornish, Marketing Director for The Pokémon Company International, said: “We are incredibly excited to have secured this highly ambitious world record, and are thrilled to have worked with renowned artist Quentin Devine to bring the mosaic to life.”
Quentin Devine is an artist, animator and designer from Surrey, England. He has previously created a giant mosaic of the Mona Lisa constructed from fan self-portraits, as well as an image of Her Majesty the Queen of Great Britain and Northern Ireland using only penny coins. The mosaic of Pikachu is his biggest creation to date.
Finally, a good use for all those extra Energy Cards! Seriously though, this mosaic looks amazing!