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Sixteen-tonne ornament breaks record

A CHRISTMAS ornament from Ilava has made it into the Slovak Guinness Book of Records, and it will probably set the world record too, the Plus Jeden Deň daily wrote.

The record ornament is six metres high and weighs 16 tonnes.The record ornament is six metres high and weighs 16 tonnes. (Source: photo: SITA)

A CHRISTMAS ornament from Ilava has made it into the Slovak Guinness Book of Records, and it will probably set the world record too, the Plus Jeden Deň daily wrote.

“It is six metres high, and has a circumference of 18 metres,” Igor Svitok from the Slovak Guinness Book of Records said. “In Slovakia, there is no bigger Christmas ornament made from natural materials, and it seems that the same goes for the whole world.”

Sixteen of the most tenacious inhabitants of Ilava worked together 12 hours a day to create the record ball, from November 28 to December 1.

“Last year, we made an Advent wreath,” said the person who hatched the idea, Anna Riecka from the town cultural centre. “This year, we tried a Christmas ornament.”

Young and old Ilava residents contributed to the effort by collecting pine twigs, giving a vibrant mood to the construction process, locals said.

The base for the ball was 400-kilogram bales of straw, wrapped in a metal net, on top of which the pine twigs were piled.

“We needed 13.5 tonnes of straw, two tonnes of pine twigs, and 2,830 cones for the decoration,” Riecka said.

The ornament weighs a total of 16 tonnes.

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