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Rolf creates patchwork Mona Lisa
The patchwork Mona Lisa
The Mona Lisa was recreated from dozens of canvasses
A giant version of Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa has been created by 120 artists in Edinburgh.

The group, led by Rolf Harris, painted different sections of the masterpiece on 120 canvasses which were assembled on a 10m long grid on The Mound.

Canvases were also flown in by helicopter after the background was painted by a group in Italy.

The patchwork masterpiece was assembled during a live BBC television programme, Rolf on Art - The Big Event.

When it was completed, Harris said: "Well done! That's amazing. I'm sure Leonardo would have been thrilled.

London display

"What a huge joy it's been to be part of this amazing event."

The project - backed by the National Galleries of Scotland and Edinburgh City Council - was aimed at getting more people to pick up paintbrushes.

Some of the artists were on the Mound precinct, others on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle, with workshops and activities held throughout the day.

Rolf Harris
Rolf said the project had been a "huge joy"

The painters, who included both amateurs and professionals, created individual sections of the painting each using acrylics.

Harris painted Mona Lisa's nose and mouth and other celebrities including children's TV presenters Lorraine Kelly and Timmy Mallett, and actress Jane Seymour, also produced a canvas each.

A spokeswoman for the National Galleries of Scotland said: "It's bringing art to people who wouldn't normally think about it."

Last year about 150 artists joined Harris to recreate Constable's The Haywain on a canvas the size of a double-decker bus in Trafalgar Square.

The giant version of the Mona Lisa will go on display in the central London square in three week's time.

The original Mona Lisa, painted about 1503, is in the Louvre museum, Paris.


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