Steel mosaic breaks world record

Mosaic art work officially 'largest'

ALEXIA JOHNSTON
Last updated 15:31 07/11/2012
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FINISHED PRODUCT: Michael Linton with the mosaic masterpiece he has been working on with daughter Rachael.

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RECORD HOLDER: Michael Linton, along with his daughter Rachael, have received a Guinness World Records title for the largest spring steel mosaic. Their art work illustrates the battles of Fulford Gate and Stamford Bridge.

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The family, which was recognised by Guinness World Records officials in 1993 for its 1.5 metre (five feet) wide jersey, has now been recognised for having the world's largest spring steel mosaic.

The mosaic art work, completed over eight years by father and daughter team Michael and Rachael Linton, illustrates the battles of Fulford Gate and Stamford Bridge.

Miss Linton, who has a masters in design, illustrated the story, which her father has transformed into the mosaic masterpiece using fragments of spring steel from industrial knitting machine patterning discs. He has painted the steel using eight colours.

It was launched in a private ceremony in Geraldine on October 14, the anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. Two days later, the pair received a certificate in the post confirming their work was a Guinness World Record holder - the largest spring steel mosaic.

Mr Linton, a textile technician by trade, said confirmation of their world record had been delayed after the certificate went missing in the mail - twice.

Miss Linton designed the missing illustrated section of the Bayeux Tapestry in 2005, covering the events from the end of the Battle of Hastings through to the crowning of William the Conqueror.

The pair's latest addition tells the story of why King Harold lost the Battle of Hastings, which up until now, had not been illustrated.

That section has added a further 22m to the design, bringing it to 64m in length. The final measurement means the pair have now beaten their own world record.

It now weighs 485kgs and is made up of three million fragments of steel.

The pair have made another application to Guinness World Records to have the further 22m recognised.

Mr Linton said while the art work was officially the ''largest'', it was also possibly the longest and the heaviest, but that was not confirmed.

The artwork, which is on display at The Giant Jersey in Geraldine, was put up for public viewing in stages, as each section was completed.

''But it is finished now - I won't be doing any more. It's the end of an era,'' Mr Linton said.

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- The Timaru Herald

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