The pyramid of books at Stadium Indera Mulia by the Perak State Library Corporation and Imagika Sdn. Bhd. has broken the world record for the largest book pyramid, which was held by a Luxembourg bookstore chain, Ernster with 63,377 books.
Taking forty volunteers a week to catalog, index and stack a three metre tall pyramid of books comprising 70,247 soft cover and hard cover books of all genres, book gathering began some time in August but the actual work only began during Christmas week. Books were borrowed from the Perak State Library Corporation, donated by the public or adopted for orphans.
The stacking of books looked easy. However, as this was an attempt at the world record, it required stringent documentation in accordance with the rules set by the Guinness World Records body. It was a tiresome layer-by-layer process that included photo and video-taking.
According to Hezle Helan, the Chief Executive Officer of Imagika Sdn. Bhd., due to several challenges faced by his team, they almost gave up on the attempt. “At one point, we thought we didn’t have enough of books. Also, due to the stress of working around the clock, we were at the point of throwing in the towel. Our morale was the lowest that day before the GWR representative Anna Lewis Orford was due to arrive to adjudicate our pyramid. Thankfully, we managed to recruit four more volunteers.”
The record-breaking feat, with the theme Project: Book Pyramid Guinness World Record, was part of the inaugural Bos Gaurus Book Fest, which has the ambition to grow as large as the Big Bad Wolf. The 5-day book fest was launched by DYAM Raja DiHilir Perak Raja Iskandar Dzulkarnain.
It was a pity that the world’s largest free-standing pyramid was dismantled at the end of the book fest. Books were then returned to their rightful owners, while some would be donated to village libraries and orphanages.
Nevertheless, now that Imagika Sdn. Bhd. and their media public relations partner Bugz Studio have gained the experience in getting a spot in the Guinness World Records, they are ready for another challenge, and are open to proposals or engagement to assist, in another attempt to enter the book of world records.
Event: Bos Gaurus Book Fest
Venue: Stadium Indera Mulia, Ipoh
Date: 22nd – 26th Dec, 2015
Time: full day
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