Tallest House of 218,792 Playing Cards
Taking the new title for the world’s largest free-standing house of playing cards, this delicate new art structure took nearly a quarter-million cards to make – and 44 straight days to complete. 4,200+ standard card decks put to very non-standard building purposes.
American architect Bryan Berg was commissioned to create this unique house of cards by a luxury hotel on the other side of the world from Las Vegas – the Chinese-controlled Venetian Macau, part of the booming new gambling center of Asia.
Modeled to look like the hotel in which it is on display, the playing card structure measures thirty plus feet wide by ten feet tall and has not a drop of glue nor piece of tape to hold it together (better hold your breath!).
Want to make your own? Unless you too are gunning for a Guinness World Record, you might want to play it safe and use some hidden supports to keep your art from blowing away.
Via The Daily Mail:
“Since Macau’s casino sector liberalized in 2002, a spate of Las Vegas style gaming giants have transformed the once sleepy former Portuguese colony into the world’s biggest gaming hub. Weighing 44 stone and measuring 33 feet by just under 10 feet, the model which consisted of cards stacked without glue or tape, nearly collapsed several times. “
“This has been the most ambitious project I have undertaken to date,’ Berg said. ‘It’s really like a real construction project because you have to engineer every single adjacency and every support that’s supporting everything above,’ he added. ‘I was inspired to stack cards by my card-playing grandfather; maybe I can inspire some visitors at The Venetian Macao to try their hand at building their own structures. There couldn’t be a more fitting place to build the world’s largest house of cards than at the world’s largest resort hotel.”