About

Between January and June 2008 people from all over the West Midlands picked up their cameras and mobile phones to take and submit an incredible 112,896 photos to The Big Picture. They were then turned into the World’s Largest Photo Mosaic.

The largest photo mosaic was achieved by The Big Picture at Thinktank, Millennium Point, in Birmingham on 23 August 2008. It measured 30 metres by 30 metres.

The mosaic image is a photograph of Tipton born Arthur James Bunce taken in 1926 shared by his granddaughter Lucy. Artist, Helen Marshall was commissioned to lead the final phase and making of the Big Picture. She worked with photo mosaic specialists PollyTiles to realise the enormous image made up of photographs submitted by the public.

By sharing your treasured photos, stories and memories you have helped to build a wonderful visual snapshot of the West Midlands; clearly showing that  this is a region to be proud of. We feel privileged to have been part of such a  special and exciting arts project and hope that you continue to be inspired to  pick up your cameras, take and share photographs.

The Big Picture was an exciting project from Arts Council England West Midlands supported by the BBC, developed and delivered by Audiences Central. The Big Picture was kindly sponsored by Jessops and Linford.