Basalt will try to set world record for largest painting with foot and paw prints |

Basalt will try to set world record for largest painting with foot and paw prints

Darryl Lyles, a worker with the town of Basalt, cuts images into muslin panels that will be used in Basalt's effort to create a world-record painting using footprints and paw prints.
Town of Basalt/courtesy photo |


Basalt’s effort to set a world record will use:

*1,080 muslin panels

*120 gallons of paint

*18 colors

*43,740 square feet of area

There’s nothing like an attempt at a world record to help lighten the mood of a community and launch the summer season, some Basalt officials say.

The town government is overseeing an attempt at a Guinness world record for the largest painting made from footprints and paw prints. The effort is being called Barefoot in Basalt.

Throughout April and May, hundreds of muslin panels and scores of gallons of paint will be distributed to participating groups — from schoolchildren to artists to elected officials to dog lovers.

The 1,080 muslin panels will have predetermined colors and shapes creating a sort of footprint by numbers for the participants. There will be 72 panels to a square. There will be 12 squares that have images representing things to do in and around Basalt in the summer. The remaining panels will be used in a border.

The panels, with dried paint, will be assembled May 30 at the rugby field in Willits. They will cover 43,740 square feet — enough for a world-record painting, according to research by Basalt officials. The image won’t be revealed until that day.

All participants will be invited to the party, and an official Basalt community photo will be taken.

Town Manager Mike Scanlon said there is a lot of stress in Basalt right now over community planning for the future. Barefoot in Basalt is about setting a world record, but it’s also about bringing a community together and just having fun, he said.

Assistant Town Manager and Finance Director Judi Tippetts is overseeing the project with help from marketing and events consultant Mary Kenyon. Members of the public-works staff helped prepare the muslin panels. Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork provided the paint at a deep discount.

More details about the effort will be released soon, and a Barefoot in Basalt website will be established.

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