Nissan LEAF used to create largest glow-in-the-dark painting

Artist Ian Cook used the tires of the Nissan LEAF to drive glow-in-the-dark paint across the surface of the canvas

Artist Ian Cook used the tires of the Nissan LEAF to drive glow-in-the-dark paint across the surface of the canvas

Nissan has broken the Guiness World Records title for the Largest Glow-in-the-Dark Painting by using the Glow-in-the-Dark Nissan LEAF to paint a 207.68m2 self-portrait of the 100-per cent electric car.

The painting, depicting the front of a Nissan LEAF, was created by maverick motoring artist, Ian Cook of Popbangcolour. Usually seen working with radio-controlled cars, Cook accepted Nissan’s challenge to work on this super-sized project, using the full-size Nissan LEAF to spread strategically placed pools of glow-in-the-dark paint across the canvas with its tires to create the image.

The successful attempt was overseen by an official Guiness World Records adjudicator Fortuna Burke and awarded the title on March 20, 2015.

Fans can watch the record attempt, which was filmed throughout: https://youtu.be/XABxnXnQOe4

The painting, which took more than 61 hours to create, has been painted using more than 60 litres of luminous acrylic paint, on a giant PVC-coated canvas.

The innovative finish applied to the Nissan LEAF absorbs UV energy and other visible radiation during daylight hours and glows for between eight and ten hours when the sun goes down; making it the ideal tool for the glow-in-the-dark painting.

“This has been one of the most challenging paintings I’ve ever been asked to create, but it looks fantastic!” said Cook. “The full-sized glow-in-the-dark Nissan LEAF is one of the more extraordinary things that I have used as a painting tool.”

The Nissan-backed painting beats the previous record of 164.6m² set by Saint Lucas, in Eindhoven, Netherlands, on January 23, 2014.