LONDON - Nissan has broken the Guinness World Records title for the Largest Glow-in-the-Dark Painting by using the glow-in-the-dark Nissan LEAF to paint a 207.68m2 self-portrait of the 100-percent electric car.
The painting, which depicts the front of a Nissan LEAF, was created by maverick motoring artist Ian Cook of Popbangcolour. Usually seen working with radio-controlled cars, Cook was quick to accept Nissan's challenge to work on this super-sized project, using the full-size Nissan LEAF to spread strategically placed pools of glow-in-the-dark paint across the canvas with its tires to create the image.
The successful attempt was overseen by an official Guinness World Records adjudicator Fortuna Burke and awarded the Guinness World Records title on March 20, 2015.
The painting took more than 61 hours to create and was made using more than 60 liters of luminous acrylic paint on a giant PVC-coated canvas.
The innovative finish applied to the Nissan LEAF absorbs UV energy and other visible radiation during daylight hours and glows for between eight and 10 hours when the sun goes down, making it the ideal tool for the glow-in-the-dark painting.
"This has been one of the most challenging paintings I've ever been asked to create, but it looks fantastic," said Cook. "The full-sized glow-in-the-dark Nissan LEAF is one of the more extraordinary things that I have used as a painting tool."
The Nissan-backed painting beats the previous record of 164.6m² (1771.73 ft²) set by Saint Lucas in Eindhoven, Netherlands on January 23, 2014.