Pak­istani artist aims for record with pen­cil swing

Global Times - - Mosaic -

With a sharp eye for de­tail, Bi­lal Asif care­fully labors over his quest for a point­edly un­usual world record – craft­ing the largest swing ever made from pen­cils.

Asif combs over his creation in­side his stu­dio in the south­ern megac­ity of Karachi, fine-tun­ing de­tails with a ra­zor blade and mulling new dec­o­ra­tive ad­di­tions.

“My main ob­jec­tive was not only to make the pen­cil swing but I as­pired to make it with as much cre­ativ­ity as I could,” said the artist.

By Jan­uary, Asif plans to reg­is­ter his work for the Guin­ness Book of World Records.

He has used up to 30,000 pen­cils in to­tal, cut into more than 100,000 pieces.

The swing rests on mas­sive posts re­sem­bling pen­cils, while col­or­ful pas­tel de­signs give the struc­ture a touch of South Asian flam­boy­ance.

The achieve­ment would ce­ment a goal sketched out since Asif’s youth, when he be­gan col­lect­ing pen­cils from all over the world.

“Some peo­ple crit­i­cize my work but I don’t re­act to them,” he said.

He likes to point out that the swing is not just about break­ing records, draw­ing a line be­tween his art and his quest to pro­mote friend­ship abroad.

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