THE WORLD'S LARGEST REED CROWN - THE GUINNESS WORLD RECORD - PROUDLY EXPOSED IN ULTIMA THULE GALLERY, TALLINN
The World's largest Reed Crown or Himmeli was built in Tallinn at the St. Martin's Day Fair, in November 2019. Artist Urmas Veersalu and the Estonian Folk Arts and Crafts Association worked together during 4 days and created a Guinness record-worthy masterpiece.
The captivating 3-dimensional graphic masterpiece decorated the offices of the President of Estonia during Christmas month and from January 2020 it is proudly exposed in Ultima Thule Gallery, the space and showroom of Northern art, design and lifestyle.After almost a year of waiting, an official confirmation arrived in September 2020 proving that the reed crown made in Tallinn is indeed the largest in the world, The corresponding certificate sent by the Guinness Book of Records is proudly exposed besides the masterpiece in Ultima Thule Gallery.
Originating from the Swedish word himmel, meaning heaven or sky, these traditional ornaments can be found in Nordic and European countries. In ancient times, crown crafting was brought to Estonia by coastal Swedes but the internationally used name “himmel” was given to ceiling decorations by Finns. In Finland, crowns are made from rye straw, as in Lithuania. The uniqueness of Estonia is reed. Crowns were made for Christmas, weddings and Easter to protect and hold good spirits.