Largest pencil drawing-world record set by
13] MONTERREY, Mexico--Mexican artist Filemon Trevino accomplished
his lifelong dream of entering the Book of World Records:
his quarter-mile-long (450-yard) pencil drawing is the world's
Photo: Artist Filemon Trevino, 38, poses
with his 411-meter-long (1,350-foot) drawing called 'Electrocardiograma
Artistico 411' at the Regiomontana University in Monterrey,
Mexico. AP photo/Monica Rueda
The Monterrey artist said he spent 6,000 hours
and used 800 pencils to complete his representation of the
heart and circulatory system, with symbols including doves,
geometric shapes and hundreds of yards of intertwined tubes.
He says breaking the record became an obsession
that led him to neglect his health.
He was hospitalized seven times for dehydration,
heart and kidney problems and fainting spells, all attributed
to long hours spent drawing in a hot, stuffy room.
"I forgot to drink water," he said. "I didn't
know anything about friends, my family or anything else in
the world. I started to grow a beard and lost (35 pounds)
Trevino started the drawing in July 2004 and completed
it in August 2005.
But he could not apply for the world record until
he found someone willing to display the work. The work was
unveiled in March at the Regiomontana University.