A group of 1,000 Pakistani students of colleges and universities from all over Punjab on Saturday made the world’s largest painting — 41,685 square feet — at the National Hockey Stadium in the eastern city of Lahore. It is learnt that the previous record of 33,000 square-foot painting had been acclaimed by the Guinness World Records. According to the organisers, the world’s largest painting was accomplished in seven hours. A large number of people attended the festivity at the stadium. Purple Art and Communications Director of Public Relations Salma Turab told the previous record of the largest painting was made in Nigeria in 2010 and Pakistan had broken it. She, however, said none of the Guinness World Records representatives came here. She said the international procedure had been followed and the aerial view of the artwork and videos were sent to the authorities of the Guinness World Records and they had declared it a new record. ”According to the rules of GWR, an architect appointed for the job measures the painting,” she said. The participants kept the painting with great enthusiasm amid a rainbow of colours in and around the venue. It was the culmination of the third Annual Street Art Competition which started on March 4 in Lahore. The event was an initiative by the Message Welfare Trust and supported by Master Paints and aptly titled ‘The Colours of Pakistan,’ an effort to show the ‘softer side’ of the country to bring the youth together to send the globe a positive message of peace and solidarity with the global village. The world record rekindled the national spirit and created awareness about different cultures and historical representation important to the social fabric of this nation.