|'The Great Picture' being hung in the Boeing Aviation Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. (Photo by Dane Penland, Smithsonian Institution)|
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is already home to some of the most impressive aviation and astronomical technology in the modern wold, but it has also become the home of one of the most impressive photographs ever taken as well.
Located in Chantilly, Virginia near the edge of Dulles International Airport, the center houses a 3,375 sq. ft photograph created by transforming a retired Marine Corps air station into a pinhole camera. Four photographers and more than 100 volunteers helped seal the all light entering the hangar of the decommissioned Marine Corps Air Station El Toro in Southern California and made a quarter-inch pinhole opening in the hangar door in order to create the massive 'camera-obscura' black-and-white, gelatin silver, photograph that is 31 ft high and 107 ft wide.
The Guinness Book of World Records says is the largest such image ever created. The massive image captured the station's control tower, out buildings and runways, as well as the San Joaquin Hills.
'The Great Picture' as the work is called went on display April 26th and will be available for viewing through November.
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is a counterpart to the original building on the National Mall in Washington, DC. The Udvar-Hazy center has some of the most historic aircraft in the Smithsonian collection including the Space Shuttle Discovery, the B29 bomber 'Enola Gay' that dropped the first nuclear bomb on Japan in 1945 and more.