Basketball court turns into a canvas for Messi portrait

Made of 280 chart sheets, the painting is nine meters wide and 1

0.80 meters long; Five different paints were used to bring the picture to life

Made of 280 chart sheets, the painting is nine meters wide and 10.80 meters long; Five different paints were used to bring the picture to life

It is never easy to beat Lionel Messi on the football field.

It was not easy even for 20-year-old Ajay V. John of Muvattupuzha to put up a giant portrait of his idol on the basketball court of his alma mater Nirmala College in Muvattupuzha earlier this month.

Nine meters wide and 10.8 meters tall, the painting that comes to life from a height, chart sheets and five different paints – black, blue, red, orange and yellow – is spread over 1,045 square feet.

The initial idea of ​​creating a mosaic picture using Rubik’s cubes was abandoned due to cost considerations. “The diagram is made using 280 chart sheets in which four sheets are combined to form 70 large charts. Then 1.18 lakh squares of 3 cm each were drawn on those sheets and each square was marked with colour. They were then painstakingly filled with colours, bringing the portraits to life class after class in about a year,” said Mr. Ajay, who is now pursuing an accounting course but wants to turn to art full-time in the future.

Figure 280 is created using a chart sheet. On those sheets 1.18 lakh squares of 3 cm each were made, with each square marked with colour. , photo credit: special arrangement

Originally, it was planned to release the picture on June 24, the birthday of the football magician. But the solo efforts he made in his spare time were too much to meet that deadline. Thus, it was decided to release it just ahead of time. world cup in Qatar,

It was not an easy task for Mr. Ajay and his three friends when it finally released on November 2. We decided to stick them on the court for the fourth time and it was finally around 2.30 pm for completion. But the response I got made the effort worth it. The college also supported by arranging drones to take pictures and videos,” he said.

Mr Ajay is now planning to showcase it in as many places as possible, as the World Cup frenzy intensifies. It will be screened in Thrissur on Monday.

He revived his love for drawing during the lockdown and trained himself in extraordinary ways like miniature paintings and installations with the help of YouTube. Since then, his portrait of Mahatma Gandhi inside an egg shell has been recorded in the India Book of Records.