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February 2003
World Record Rangoli
the largest rangoli in the world
The largest rangoli in the world
An artist has broken a world record by creating a huge traditional Indian picture made of lentils, rice, pasta and fruit - to help launch this year's Artsparks Festival.

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Picture this for a moment - a freezing February morning down in the centre of Nottingham’s Old Market Square, representatives from the local community and an army scrambling desperately to throw pasta down on the floor next to a giant inflatable sperm whale.

No do not adjust your eyes, it’s real enough - Artsparks rolls with enthusiasm into its second year.

the largest rangoli in the world
Making the largest rangoli in the world
We have swiped the record from Leicester for the biggest pasta and fruit related type pattern, so we have something to be proud of now? Right?

Nottingham is in the Book of World Records for the largest Rangoli pattern.

A traditional Indian practice, Rangoli is performed using grains and pulses to create an art image and this time local pride has been replenished by going bigger and better than our midlands counterparts.

You could say that the hundreds of lemons and oranges and kilos of rice could go to a "better" cause, but it does make a pretty tranquil and impressive piece of art.

the largest rangoli in the world
Making the largest rangoli in the world
A vibrant mass of scattered lentils and fruit wind their way around the square creating a purely aesthetic symmetrical image.

There is a question of whether the use of typically Asian food is a comment on the disposable post modern generation we have grown into.

Conversely, here the artist is more concerned with the impact of scale and beauty which is conveyed faultlessly.

Combining a community based project with a way to create record breaking art, what other way is there to embrace a festival centred on the celebration of youth arts.

Alongside this triumph lies an inflatable beached sperm whale, the fish wife always certain to invite you inside to decorate its interior.

Whilst there is another attraction stealing the attention of the gathered mass of skate kids hanging out by the square.

A giant inflatable sperm whale sits next to  the world's largest rangoli
A giant inflatable sperm whale sits next to the world's largest rangoli
A parked truck provides the scenery for a sensory installation piece called "The Black Maze."

A labyrinth of dark twisting corridors and doorways.

An experience that stretches all of your senses to their boundaries, the maze is full of unexpected sounds and visions.

Like a ghost train without the cart, you are expected to navigate your own pathway through the darkness of the cramped passageways, startling sounds and eerie visionaries to escape.

The festival brings together a two week celebration and showcase at the pinnacle of Nottingham’s creative youth culture, music and art.

It is programme organised and produced by young people, for young people.

The success of this elaborate launch and new world record has set the stage for the remaining Artsparks programme to ignite the city with a taste of the future.
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