Santa Fe local artist Bryan Berg will construct a new Guinness World Record in Macau over the upcoming Chinese New Year.
The Venetian® Macao-Resort-Hotel announced today that Berg, who holds the Guinness record for the world’s largest house of freestanding playing cards and world's tallest house of freestanding playing cards, will launch an attempt to break his own record for largest house of cards at The Venetian Macao which will coincide with 2010 Chinese New Year celebrations.
Berg’s attempt to build a replica of The Venetian, Plaza, and Sands Macao buildings will use more than 190,000 cards and take 44 days to complete. Berg will begin building Tuesday, January 26, 2010 and complete his construction Wednesday, March 10, 2010.
His card structures will recreate intricate details of the icons of the Cotai Strip, such as the Rialto Bridge, the Venetian's Campanile Tower, and challenging curved shapes of the Plaza and Sands. Overall, the composition will be 35 feet long, 11 feet tall, and weigh more than 500 pounds. The cards Berg will use in this record attempt, if laid end to end, would stretch more than 10 1/2 miles.
After 10 days of displaying the completed record-setting replica, on Saturday, March 20, 2010, Berg will have to publicly knock it all down to prove that no tape, glue, or tricks were used. To celebrate, one Cardstacker Sweepstakes participant who draws the Gold Million Card used in the exhibit will instantly win $1,000,000.00 HKD.
Throughout the construction period, The Venetian and Berg will offer workshops for children, teaching them how to stack cards, as well as cardstacking contests.
“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,” said Berg. “This will be the most ambitious project I have undertaken to date, and 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. Given the location of my attempt, I will work to capture the immense grandeur and beauty of The Venetian, The Plaza and Sands Macao.”
Visitors can see the project in front of the ZA?A Theater January 26 - March 20, 2010 at The Venetian Macao, including during Chinese New Year dates February 14-21, 2010.