Thousands of people from across the West Midlands have succeeded in their attempt to break the world record to create the biggest ever photo mosaic. Nearly 113,000 people from across the region sent in photographs between January and June connected to their daily lives.

The photos have been used to create a giant mosaic, the size of three tennis courts. It is now on display at Birmingham’s Thinktank at Millennium Point.


Eight photographs, taken by people from Birmingham, the Black Country, Shropshire, Stoke-on-Trent, and Warwickshire, were shortlisted to be picked as the top photograph from the total of 112,896 entries.

The entire mosaic was formed to display the winning photograph, by 17-year-old Lucy Moore of Tipton, in the Black Country. She took a picture of a portrait taken of her amateur boxer grandfather Arthur James Bunce in 1926 when he was also 17. She said: “It just means so much to my family that photo, and it means so much that it was picked.

“We all have that picture in our homes and my brother even has it tattooed on his back, it’s that special.”

The West Midlands project, called The Big Picture, was funded by the Arts Council to encourage people in the West Midlands to get involved in the arts through photography.

You can explore The Big Picture here.