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Tampa mosaic uses 176,750 photos in world record attempt

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Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 05:00 PM

It took 176,750 pictures to create what local organizers hope will be the world's largest mosaic.

Transitions Optical, an adaptive eyeglass lenses provider based in Pinellas Park, organized the attempt, which took place Thursday at the Florida State Fairgrounds.

Several volunteers helped painstakingly place all the photos in the 21,000-square-foot mosaic in commemoration of World Sight Day.

"It was a little hard on the back, a little hard on the thighs," said volunteer Anthony Debernardi.

The pictures were gathered from people throughout the United States and Canada who submitted their "favorite sights in life."

A computer program determined how to place each photo to form the mosaic.

"You go one by one and just start laying them down," said volunteer Kendall White. "Once you're into it, it's hard to stop."

News Channel 8 photographer Paul Lamison contributed to this report.

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