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Man flies by own lung power, 1934
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
Snowball the Monster Cat, 2000
The World’s Largest Drawing
I'm very late with this one, but I thought it was worth including on the front page. I'll defer to David B. who posted about it a few days ago in the forum:

A Swedish artist, Erik Nordenankar, recently made more that a few waves by claiming to have drawn the biggest picture in the world, a portrait of himself constructed of a single line 110 thousand km long.
Nordenanker said his amazing drawing had been sketched out, not in ink or paint, but by the movements of a special briefcase fitted with a GPS tracker. This case, he claimed, had been given to DHL along with a precise itinerary detailing the exact coordinates the package was to be taken to. Once it had completed its world-spanning round-trip, Nordenanker simply downloaded the route from the device’s memory and set about publicising his achievement.

Nordenankar now has a notice at the top of his website acknowledging the drawing was a hoax: "This is made as my graduation project in Advertising and Graphic Design at Beckmans College of Design. I think it's possible to realise the project for real, but due to my extremely limited budget (about 20 000 SEK = 3 370 USD) that was not possible. Therefore, I have realised the idea in a fictional way."

Some other links: An article in The Telegraph, Wired's article about the hoax, and Nordenankar's youtube video.

The question I have is, What is the world's largest drawing? I've found two possible candidates, after searching the Google News Archive:

1) In 1991 thousands of volunteers drew on an 800-pound, 7-mile-long-when-extended roll of paper. According to a July 11, 1991 article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the plan was to completely roll out the paper and take an aerial photo of it when it was done, but I can't find any articles indicating if it was ever completed.

2) According to a Feb 4, 1996 article in the LA Times: "In a project cooked up for the Los Angeles bicentennial, [the artist Tom Van Sant] and a crew set up mirrors in the shape of an eye across a 1 1/2-mile stretch of the Mojave Desert to overexpose sensors in a satellite passing overhead. The result was the world's largest drawing." But again, I can't find any pictures of Van Sant's drawing.
Categories: Art
Posted by The Curator on Thu May 29, 2008
Comments (4)
Posted by Tim  in  texas  on  Fri May 30, 2008  at  02:56 AM
I just don't see the sense. The wasted money...
Posted by Christopher John Bath  in  Warm, sunny Florida  on  Fri May 30, 2008  at  09:41 AM
I believe Sol LeWitt had a go at creating the longest line ever drawn - he had people drawing along the pavement (sidewalk). It would have been around 1970. I'll see if I can find out more (but don't hold your breath - it wasn't his most significant work and may not be documented on any website).
Posted by Mr Henderson  in  Teddington, UK  on  Mon Jun 02, 2008  at  08:09 PM
It's sad to see Ethics get into the way of real creativity. I bet DHL would have done it for free just for the publicity!
Posted by Phoenix Graphic Design  in  Phoenix, AZ  on  Wed Jul 14, 2010  at  09:48 PM
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