Lowcountry Community Church in Bluffton kicked off its annual Kidz Move art camp June 15 with a theme of Genesis 1:1 – the story of the creation of the world.
During the week, 140 art campers worked together with their instructors on a creation of their own: the world’s longest artists’ brush.
The body of the 38-foot-long brush was engineered and constructed by local artists Fred Hedemark and Ivan Giljam, and Jan McKim, church creative arts director. The children, ages 4 to 12, helped by painting a mural of the creation on the handle of the brush.
On June 19, all the campers and their leaders gathered in the church yard to test out the brush and paint an image on a 4 foot-by-8 foot plywood “canvas.”
Giljam directed youth counselors to lift and move the brush. As the bristles made contact with the white board, the swoosh of a rainbow appeared – to the cheers of happy campers.
McKim said an application had been submitted to the Guinness Book of World Records in London, and had been accepted. They should know in a few weeks if they will get official standing as breaking the previous record.
The previous record was a 28-foot brush created in 2012 by Sujit Das, an art instructor in the Indian state of Assam.