Do you ever wonder what happens to all those Mardi Gras beads after Mardi Gras? Usually, they end up in a landfill but now they’re being used to make mosaics. I just read that there’s a new Guinness World Record for the largest mosaic made out of Mardi Gras beads. Completed on February 22nd, the piece, entitled “Paragons of New Orleans,” measures 42’ long by 8’ high and contains over 1.5 million single cut Mardi Gras beads. Yes, I said over 1 MILLION beads.
The mosaic, created by Stephan Wanger of Galeria Alegria, was started to create awareness for Mardi Gras Beads Recycling Centers in New Orleans, “The Arc of Greater New Orleans” and “St. Michael Special School.” Over 2,500 tourists plus many, many volunteers helped to create the record breaking art piece which raised $13,000 for the benefitting organizations through the Super Service Challenge.
I love that Wanger is increasing awareness of New Orleans, recycling and raising money for worthy causes in such a unique and creative way. Way to go!