The largest nail and toothpicks mosaic ever made
Saimir Strati (Vlora, Albania, April 11, 1966) is an Albanian artist who is regarded as one of the world’s most well known modern mosaic artists.
He is artist who hammers tens of thousands of nails and toothpicks into a wooden board to create his awesome mosaic art. It’s amazing how one has the patience to create such art and it was even reported that Saimir Strati is attempting to mount a steed chart together using 1 million toothpicks. Some of his best works include the portrait of Leonardo Da Vinci created using hammered nails and the galloping horse using toothpicks.
Saimir Strati is primarily an artist who works in mosaics. He has used materials including nails, toothpicks, corks, sea glass, eggshells, compact discs, coffee beans, porcelain and mirror glass among other materials. He is also a painter. The diversity of the artist’s subjects, material and technique distinguish Saimir Strati as being traditional and contemporary with his approach on reviving the old technique and professionalism in antiquity and the mingling of daily/ industrial material.
The whole picture is made out of nothing but nails !
Guinness World Record – 2006 – Leonardo Da Vinci
In 2006, Saimir Strati began what has seemingly become an annual tradition of setting a Guinness World Record. Using industrial nails, the artist re-created the self portrait of Leonardo Da Vinci using nearly 400 kilos of nails over a 2×4m surface. The technique resembles digital photography, in that each nail represents a pixel. The record was confirmed in Tirana by Guinness World Records on September 4, 2006, as the World’s Largest Nail Mosaic.
The whole picture is made out of nothing but toothpicks!
For more about Strati’s work visit his home page.