To honor Sri Chinmoy’s 84th Anniversary Ashrita Furman and his crew created the largest picture consisting of tennis balls of various colors. Today students of Sri Chinmoy celebrate the anniversary with many festivities world-wide, the biggest being the celebration in Queens, New York.
A giant record-breaking mosaic consisting of over 10,000 tennis balls has been created here to commemorate the 84th birth anniversary of Indian spiritual leader Chinmoy Kumar Ghose. City-based Ashrita Furman, who holds the most Guinness Records at the same time (currently 195), worked with 20 friends to create the world’s largest tennis ball mosaic. With the creation, the 60-year-old health food store manager set the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest tennis ball mosaic in honour of the meditation teacher Sri Chinmoy. The mosaic consists of 10,084 tennis balls in white, green-yellow, orange and pink fixed on boards. The ball composition shows a tennis player in action and has a length of 29 feet and 9.5 inches and a width of 15 feet and 4 inches. Furman surpassed the previous record of a 2,732 tennis balls mosaic, which was created by Tennis Emirates in Dubai a year ago. Furman credited Chinmoy for inspiring him and the world to “find more joy and peace in our hearts”. Given that the spiritual leader was an avid tennis player, Furman said he came up with the idea to create the tennis ball mosaic. Furman has been breaking Guinness World Records since 1979, including building the world’s largest tennis racket.