Why did the world's longest painting become controversial?


Having moved ahead from the ArtPrize fiasco last year, this year I was determined to compete in the ArtPrize. There was no 'controversy', no 'nudity' no 'attention seeking'. My painting would portray just pears.

However, as creative forces overpowered my head, my plan changed to making the longest painting of the world and break the existing Guinness record for the same. Why not do something beyond the ordinary? I decided to name my painting 'The Transcendental'. Making the world's longest painting in a few days would transcend me beyond my mundane existence. It would be an artistic pleasure hard to express in words.

When I embarked this life-changing journey, I knew it won't be easy. My goal was to complete the painting before the beginning of the ArtPrize on 18th September.
I had to meet stringent Guinness standards to succeed, one of which was that the painting had to be displayed publically for the Guinness officials to see and measure.
 
A project of this nature, needed support and encouragement of friends and cooperation of the authorities. I got in touch with the ArtPrize curator Clare Fox to let them know of my ambitious plans. I was given a go ahead for this on the fly.
 
I started painting for hours everyday to create a xx metres painting before the ArtPrize began. However, at one point, I was told by the curator that I couldn't do it. They changed statements often which distracted me but I refused to be bogged down.

When I asked them why they could not make up their mind about displaying my painting for the ArtPrize, they told me that projecting it as the world's longest painting was just a marketing gimmick.  I replied, 'then ArtPrize is a marketing gimmick too'.
 
Finally ArtPrize gave me (35 feet X 1 foot) of the space to display the world's longest painting and a large sculpture of a pear I agreed to this to be in the contest even though I knew it wasn't enough.
 
I went ahead spending days painting, which was growing each passing day to surpass the existing Guinness world record for the longest painting. There was no looking back for me now.
I tried my best to get cooperation of the local authorities for this project. However, it was not easy. The Grand Rapids police wanted money to be part of it. I was willing to pay money for my project. However, the police refused to cooperate when they realized that ArtPrize did not want me to display the world's longest painting.  
 
Kevin Bust (Exhibition Director) threatened  to ban me from the ArtPrize and the curator Clare Fox stopped me with all her power.
  
They kept discouraging me and convincing me to change my plans but what had already started could not be stopped now. The painting kept growing longer with each passing day. The length of the painting had not just broken the world record but surpassed it by many meters.
The authorities refused to cooperate and nothing was working in my favor. 
 
However the world's longest painting was now ready. After exhausting every possible option of reconciliation with the authorities, I decided to display the painting without permission.
  
The authority of the curator Clare Fox  was only over the park and nowhere else. I decided to abandon the park all together and displayed this giant monster all over the city. The painting went over the bridges, over the loading locks, by the river fishing area, underpasses, over the steps, under the steps, under the bridges, public walk ways, through the museum, via the art school, through the luxury hotels, private properties and more. This monster was so long that it caught everyones attention and won admiration. 
Now was my time to face the authorities. I knew they had an idea that this was coming because I had been in touch with them even before beginning the project. However, they had chosen not to reply to me for the permissions that I had sought.
Right before the Guinness official was in the city to measure the worlds longest painting, I got  a call from the Grand Rapids Police Department.  I was asked to appear before the panel who seemed like gangsters waiting to avenge and confront me. The panel included ArtPrize Kevin Burst and his body guards, park authority representatives, and Grand Rapids Police Lieutenant Dean. 
I told them that if they had wanted we could have done this together but they chose to stand against me for this. However by then the painting had been displayed all over the city and the situation was complex. I was given time to remove the work during the night. Lieutenant Dean was on round all night screaming at my team while they were removing the painting.
 
However, the battle had been won. The world’s longest painting had been created, Guinness World Record was Achieved and, the city of Grand Rapids had just witnessed history!