The Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., has announced its plan to unfold a facsimile of what is believed to the world’s longest illustrated Bible along the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool on the National Mall.
The Museum of the Bible said it will be the first to completely unveil the Wiedmann Bible in the U.S. on June 1.
The Wiedmann Bible, completed in 2000, features a continuous illustrative narrative of the Old and New Testament in 3,333 images throughout 19 leporellos (accordion-style books).
It was created by German artist Willy Wiedmann, known for his gallery in Stuttgart, over the span of 16 years. Unfolded, the work of art is believed to be nearly one mile long.
June’s complete unveiling will require at least 1,000 volunteers, the museum estimates.
“Museum of the Bible is honored to be part of this historic event,” Museum of the Bible CEO Ken McKenzie said in a statement. “The Wiedmann Bible exhibit is one of the most popular at the museum, and yet, you can’t truly understand the artifact’s uniqueness until you see just how long it is. I encourage everyone who is able to literally reach out their hands and join me in making history on June 1.”
Wiedmann, who died in 2013, did not have the opportunity to publish his work, according to the Wiedmann Bible website. Instead, Wiedmann stored his illustrations in the attic of his gallery.
His son, Martin Wiedmann, found four aluminum boxes that contained the leporellos when he reopened his father’s gallery.
“Since then, the Wiedmann Bible is on its way to fulfill its mission: sharing the Bible with everyone through images, thus giving them a new way to access as well as an understanding of it,” the website explains.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith