M. Srinivasa Acharya is a social studies teacher in Hyderabad, India with a very impressive claim to fame. In 2010 he created this awesome brass pen, the Bharatiya Pali, which means ‘India’s Pen,’ as “a tribute to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, to help make way for the 2010 ratification of India’s Right to Education bill.”

Measuring an impressive 16 feet tall, 1 foot wide, and weighing in just under 90 lbs, the Bharatiya Pali was declared to be the World’s Largest Pen. The actual feat of making this massive pen was accomplished in 450 working hours by M. Srinivasa Acharya and two Hyderabad artists, Ratnam and Malikarajan. The trio laboured Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. over the course of 56 days and spent at total of 250,000 rupees ($5,555 dollars) on their project. Sheets of brass were cut, shaped, and soldered into 10 cylindrical structures to form the pen. Once the surface of the pen was cleaned, the two artists set about etching the entire thing with illustrations depicting aspects of Indian culture, Hindu dance forms and musical instruments.

[via The Sip of Life and the World Record Academy]