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World's largest bead mosaic honors Obama

August 5, 2009 |  5:08 pm

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It took 1,000 fourth-graders and 372,000 beads to create what is being hailed as the world's largest bead mosaic. Children from around the United States chipped in to make the enormous artwork (too large to be shipped in one piece), which was started in Florida a few weeks ago.

Swedish bead manufacturer Munkplast organized the schoolchildren (from all 50 states) to build the mosaic, which is 9 feet tall and 11.5 feet wide.

The artwork has now moved from Orlando to Manhattan. More photos of the record-breaking mosaic after the jump.

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-- Tony Pierce

The mosaic of President Obama is installed in New York on Tuesday as part of the "Big Picture Project."  Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images

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