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Longwood attempts to break Guinness World Record for largest papier-mache sculpture

April 25, 2011

Longwood University
Longwood University students, faculty, and staff members are attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the largest papier-mache sculpture.

Over the course of three days, hundreds of Longwood students will help construct a ball that is 10 feet tall by 10 feet in diameter. The finished project will resemble a giant beach ball and will be decorated in red, green, blue and white to represent several Longwood traditions. Campus offices, including the sustainability office and The Rotunda (student newspaper), are providing paper for the project and students are encouraged to bring any old papers from their classes that they want to recycle. In addition, students can record their hopes for Longwood's legacy on pieces of paper that read "I believe" and attach them to the ball.

The current record for the largest papier-mache sculpture is held by Salem Lutheran School in Orange, Calif. Members of the school constructed a piece
7.5 feet tall and 28 feet in circumference.

Longwood students, faculty, and staff will work on the project 12 hours a day beginning Monday and continuing through Wednesday until the ball is complete.

Update: Watch the video by Longwood freshman Caroline Villarreal