Thumb tacks typically assist people in hanging papers on cork boards or walls. But one artist has taken this basic home and office tool and used it in a unique way — to create a portrait of Jesus Christ. Red, black, white, yellow, green, blue, magenta and purple pushpins were strategically merged together to create a stunning picture.
The Huffington Post has more about how the project took form:
Up close, this work of art may seem like an ambiguous blob, but take a step back and you might just have a divine vision.
Self-described “artistic superstar” Rob Surette used 24,790 colored thumbtacks to create his pushpin portrait of Jesus.
Here’s the portrait:
The project took six months to complete, with Surette working on it one hour per day, seven days per week. After all, the massive portrait is quite large at 22-square feet (5.5 feet by 4 feet).
Oddity Central continues, describing what drove Surette’s decision to create the intriguing portrait:
Rob Surette has been fascinated by pointillism ever since he discovered the art of Georges Seurat, who invented the dot painting technique during the late 1800s. He became a master of it himself and now creates incredible works of art that always has viewers asking how he achieves such elaborate visual illusions…
Before starting work on this portrait, Surette set a record for the world’s largest Lite Brite creation(513,000 pieces), and wondering what other objects he could use to create a portrait out of dots, he settled on push pins.
The Jesus portrait is currently valued at $250,000.