Ashrita's largest pencil at the St. Louis City Museum
- Press and tv including CNN reported on the move of the world's largest
pencil from Queens, New York, to the St. Louis City Museum. Ashrita
Furman, who presented the pencil as a birthday gift to his meditation
teacher Sri Chinmoy on August 27, 2007, escorted the 76 foot long
pencil to its new home at the City Museum in St. Louis on Monday.
Ashrita cut the pencil in two for the trip. It was shipped on a
flatbed truck. Artists plan to weather-proof the pencil and then add
it to City Museum creative director Bob Cassilly's outdoor MonstroCity
art installation. As Ashrita stated in the local newspaper St. Louis
Post, "Meditation has given me the inner strength to do these
improbable things. True, a lot of what I do is crazy, but it gives me
a chance to spread the message of meditation". Ashrita holds the World
Record of holding the most World Records. As mentioned in the Museum's
Blog, he took the opportunity of visiting the St. Louis City Museum to
break one more record, involving duct tape and a City Museum wall.
Ashrita made a duct-tape harness (which he constructed within 10
minutes) and suspended himself from a glass wall in City Museum for a
full minute, thus breaking another World Record!
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