INCHEON, South Korea – A giant artwork painted across a former grain silo west of Seoul has made the Guinness World Records for the largest outdoor mural, the Incheon government said Monday, according to Yonhap news agency.
The Incheon port mural measures 23,688.7 square meters (254,983 square feet) and is 48 meters high, 168m long and 31.5m wide.
The work is painted to look like a series of 16 books on a shelf at the water’s edge.
“This project was a communication channel between businesses and residents. The aim being to improve the negative view of the aged industrial facilities,” the Guinness World Records said on its website.
The design of the mural depicts the changing seasons in a boy’s life as he grows into a man, learning with the help of books, the Port of Incheon said in a statement.
“It is developed as a story where a boy enters in the book providing foods for mind and grows up as an adult together with wheat symbolizing the grain silo while going through spring, summer, fall, and winter,” the statement said.
The previous record for the largest outdoor mural was held by the Pueblo Levee Project in Pueblo, Colorado, in the United States, at 16,554.8 sq m.
According to the port authorities the mural aims to attract domestic and foreign tourists.
Incheon is South Korea’s third-most-populous city and is credited with leading its economic development after it opened up its port.