Pakistani artist aims for record with pencil swing
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.