Last week in Paris, the Pokemon Company and artist Quentin Devine unveiled an impressive tribute to the Pokemon Trading Card Game: an enormous mosaic made up entirely of Pokemon cards. The feat has managed to set a new world record for the largest trading card mosaic.
The mosaic represents the classic Pikachu card with impressive detail, right down to the print at the bottom. It measures 32.8 feet tall and 22.9 feet wide (770 feet square) and consists of 12,987 individual Pokemon cards (that’s over 9,000!). Seems like an odd number that wouldn’t come out to an even rectangle. But given the size of a Pokemon card, which is 2.43 x 3.43, it adds up to 117 cards high and 111 across.
Devine posted a statement on his website saying “Pokemon asked me if I could beat the current Trading Card mosaic World Record and I knew I could. So off I went to start planning another huge piece, which proved an amazing experience.” The former record was held by a mosaic from 2013 representing five characters from the card game Weiss Schwarz, which measured 751 square feet.
2016 marks Pokemon’s 2oth anniversary, so of course breaking a world record was the only possible way to commemorate the occasion. Watch the video of the mosaic’s creation below.