Nørrebro chalk drawing sets new Guinness world record

1.3 km stretch of Nørrebrogade closed off for the effort

Over 1,000 people turned up on Sunday in the Copenhagen district of Nørrebro to get on all fours and take part in setting a new Guinness world record: the largest ever chalk drawing.

The masses got their inner-artist juices flowing and transformed a 1.3 kilometre strip of Nørrebrogade from Dronning Louises Bridge to the Nørrebro Runddel intersection – 18,598 square metres in total – into a colossus of chalk art in just 10 hours.

“With 18,598 square metres, Nørrebro currently holds the official Guinness record for the world’s largest chalk drawing,” the local association behind the initiative Nørrebroforeningen Soulwash wrote on Facebook.

“A thousand thanks for the strong turnout, the good atmosphere and all the cool lines, drawings, tags, poems, landscapes and scribbles. And thanks to the team behind it: Nørrebro at its finest.”

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Mayor gave the green light
The busy road was closed off from traffic and free chalk was handed out for those wanting to take part in the efforts. The attempt ended at 22:00 last night.

Emil Klem, the brainchild of the initiative, contacted city mayor Frank Jensen who agreed to the attempt, as did the local Nørrebro committee Nørrebro Lokaludvalg.

Officials from the Guinness World Records were present after flying in from Turkey to inspect the work and hand over the record certificate.


(There were smiles all around as the Guinness certificate was handed over – photo: Sigurd Hartkorn Plaetner)