Artist starts world record bid with 8m art

SOUTH Korean artist Kim Jung Gi was calm when he started work on his potential Guinness World Record-setting art piece in front of Odeon - The Heritage Asylum, in Penang.

The 40-year-old made his first sketches on an eight-metre long paper.

The process, watched by official witnesses, started at 10am yesterday.

Kim will draw for four hours daily until Sunday, recreating many familiar local sights for the artwork, themed ‘Strokes of Penang’.

When completed, the piece will set a world record under the Longest Drawing by an Individual category, for Fisheye Art Illustration.

Kim is a professional illustrator and comic artist with three sketchbooks to his name.

“Drawing just comes naturally, and I feel normal.

“Right now, I already have 50% of the artwork visualised in my mind. As I continue, the rest will come,” he said through an interpreter.

The fine arts graduate of Dong-Eui University of Busan, had visited Penang several times previously, and fell in love with what he saw.

“The culture and heritage is very interesting, and the place gives me good vibes,” he added.

In his speech, state exco member Chow Kon Yeow said the record, if achieved, would be something locals could be proud of.

“The vibrant arts scene, especially the murals and paintings, has made George Town an attractive and significant destination.

“This will be another attraction, and it nicely complements the Upper Penang Road area, which is already famous for its food and entertainment,” he said.

Also present to witness the occasion were Bukit Bendera MP Zairil Khir Johari and Komtar assemblyman Teh Lai Heng.

Odeon - The Heritage Asylum, along Penang Road, is the former Odeon Cinema and is currently being refurbished into an interactive arts museum by Oxtra Capital.

The new incarnation of the building, which dates back to 1947, will have its soft opening at the end of Kim’s attempt at 4pm on Sunday.

The public can catch Kim sketching daily from 10am to noon, and 2pm to 4pm.

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