The largest bark picture in the world will be displayed in a rare airing at the Brisbane Craft & Quilt Fair. Measuring more than 2.7 metres high and 12 metres long (9 feet by 40 feet) it holds the Guinness Book of Records feat as the largest work of its kind, and comes to the fair courtesy of the Art in Bark Association of Australia who have recently celebrated their 40th anniversary.
Bark art – not to be confused with the traditional painting on bark practised by indigenous Australians – relies on the natural colours of the Melaleuca tree bark which are often grown by the artists to supply their materials.
The work was created in the 1970s, when the artform was perhaps at the peak of popularity, by 88 Brisbane members who worked for more than 61,000 hours to complete it.
Check out this amazing piece of Australian craft history at the Brisbane Craft & Quilt Fair on October 8 to 12, 2014.