A portrait of global proportions

Drawing to scale can be hard enough, I can’t even imagine attempting to draw on the whole globe. But that’s exactly what artist Erik Nordenankar did. On March 17, 2008 Nordenankar sent a briefcase containing a GPS tracking device with the global shipping company DHL. He gave the company exact instructions on where to go and in what order, and 55 days later the briefcase came back to its departure point, Stockholm. Using the information from the GPS, Nordenankar created the above image. The continuous line of the drawing is exactly 110,664 kilometers long. Now that’s one big portrait.

Update: Yes, this is a hoax. ‘Biggest drawing in world’ revealed as hoax — thanks to everyone who sent this in. –Ed.