Graffiti You Can See From Cruising Altitude: The World's Biggest Artworks

By Marina Galperina

Some visual artists just want to make a big statement—a really, really big one.

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Christo, who's made some big artwork in his day, recently revived his plan to build the biggest artwork of all time. Before the death of his partner in love and art Jeanne-Claude, the duo began to scheme about a work of massive magnitude. Constructed from 410,000 variously-hued oil barrels, the proposed beast would tower around 492 feet high and glow golden in the sunlight. And now, it might actually be happening in, where else, but Abu Dhabi. That will make all those orange-draped bridges, umbrella-dabbed fields, and purple-wrapped islands look pretty wimpy, won't it?

On that ambitious note, I've hauled in a few artworks known for their size. Not all of them are particularly aesthetically appealing, but ... they're big!

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