Artist Meticulously Drills Over 45,800 Tiny Holes to Create Document-Setting Egg Shell Carving

A very patient Vietnamese artist meticulously drilled 45,863 holes, each smaller than a human hair, into a hollowed-out ostrich egg for three years.

Nguyen Hung Cuong, a talented artist from Hanoi, Vietnam, has been turning chicken eggs into intricate works of art for over a decade, but his latest project is by far his most impressive to date. The 30-year-old has reportedly spent the last three years of his life carefully drilling tens of thousands of holes just 0.2mm in diameter to create one of the most impressive egg carvings in human history.

The Vietnamese artist said he came up with the idea of ​​carving a record-breaking egg after reading about the performance of Mr. Hamit Hayran, a Turkish artist who set a Guinness record several years ago for the most holes drilled in a chicken egg had put up almost 12,000. He told himself that Vietnam should have such a record, so he made his way to Hayran, drilling most of the holes in an ostrich egg.

It usually takes Cuong a few hours to a few days to complete a chicken egg carving, but it took him no less than 3 years for this latest project. The 45,863 he patiently drilled into the ostrich egg shell were only 0.2mm to 3mm in diameter and were counted by computers using high-resolution scans of the egg. Zing News reports that the smallest holes are barely visible.

The talented artist said that carving chicken egg shells was a very tedious and laborious process, but carving ostrich eggs was all the more so because the shell was harder and thicker and he had to keep control of the drill bit to make holes the size of a single hair.

“The process requires that I not rush to be patient. Even a little rush can ruin the whole egg, so I had to keep my composure down to the last hole, ”said Nguyen Hung Cuong.

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Cuong’s work of art was recently recognized by the Vietnamese record organization, and the artist said he is currently working on submitting it to Guinness Records as well in the hopes that it will be recognized as the most drill-hole eggshell carving.

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