“The Great Picture” is a black and white panoramic print of Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, an old military outpost. The print measures 111 feet wide by 32 feet high on seamless white muslin cloth.
Created in 2006 by six artists using an abandoned F-18 hangar in Irvine, California, as a camera, not only did they create the world’s largest print photograph, they used the world’s largest pinhole camera to produce it. By light-sealing the hangar, and using the light sensitive cloth, the “camera” took a panoramic shot of the base.
The image was originally produced as part of the Legacy Project, a photographic and historical record of the base before being transformed into what is now the Orange County Great Park.
After producing the negative, 80 volunteers helped with the development of the print in custom trays the size of an Olympic-sized swimming pool. The Great Picture has been on display across the United States since 2007 and can currently be viewed at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington until November 2014.
For further information of the display, visit the Smithsonian’s website.