paintAlexandria, Indiana

Weight: 4,500 lbs. (1,814 kg.)
Circumference: 121”
Creator: Michael Carmichael

This ball of paint is a solid mass of thousands of hardened, microscopically-thin layers, methodically applied atop each other month after month, year after year.

The idea was born by a simple accident – while Michael Carmichael was playing with a baseball, it accidentally fell into some paint.

In 1977, Carmichael began to add layer after layer of paint to the baseball that is at the center of this behemoth. In the beginning, Mike wanted to put a thousand coats of paint on the ball and cut it in half to see a cross section of all the different colors of paint. But the bigger the ball got, the more Mike and his family wanted to keep adding more layers. Today, the ball has 24,000+ coats of paint. In May 2004, the ball earned a Guinness Book of World Records certification.