A Buenos Aires street mural measuring 2000 square meters (21,528 square feet) may be the longest such work to be painted by a single artist. Tara Cleary reports.
Still adding to his work, street artist Alfredo Segatori may have created the longest mural in the world. Measuring over 2,000 square metres, or more than 20,000 square feet, it winds its way along the shores of the Matanza-Riachuelo River in Buenos Aires. The current record is held by a mural in Mexico and Guinness World Records has not yet confirmed Segatori's longer work. The artist says he didn't set out to break any records. SOUNDBITE: Alfredo Segatori, mural artist, saying (Spanish): "I try to absorb the energy of the spaces and then with a twist of a screw (artists' touch) I paint that situation always with a lot of respect to the place and, well, the act of doing art in a public place compromises you at that place and that moment." And that personal contact can be seen throughout his mural. Like the image of local resident Juana Mesa Gonzalez holding a knife. SOUNDBITE: Juana Mesa Gonzalez, neighborhood resident, saying (Spanish): "He was painting "The Return of Quinquela" one day as I was leaving my house. I make empanadas for my husband to sell. And he saw me with the knife in my hand and said, 'Dona Juani that is how I want to take a picture of you.' And that is how we started." The large-scale project was initiated by the city government as part of a plan to update and develop the area. And among the images of locals, mermaids and boats Segatori's son can be seen, playing with marbles.