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Playing card exhibition featuring in Bucharest

Highlighting the stellar reputation the Romanian capital holds with the arts, the exhibition is from professional card stacker Bryan Berg and his works have been admired by audiences ever since being unveiled on 5th May.

Renowned all over the world, Bryan Berg has held the Guinness World Record for the Tallest House of Freestanding Playing Cards since 1992 with a tower of 14 and a half feet – a record which he has broken several times to date.

Using only standard playing cards, Bryan has managed to recreate the Romanian Athenaeum, the People’s Palace and the Plaza România mall in Western Bucharest – the last of which aptly is where you can admire the exhibition. The Athenaeum and People’s Palace are undoubtedly landmarks which draw visitors to the city during river cruise trips, many won’t want to miss the chance to see these stunning miniature versions.

No glue or tape involved

Intricately designed, Bryan used a staggering 64,800 cards to create the buildings without using any tape or glue; they are being protected behind glass because of their instability. He also doesn’t fold or bend the cards at all, with all structures held together by craftsmanship of the highest precision.

The exhibition has been organised to mark the 10-year anniversary of the shopping mall, as well as the start of an 18 month renovation project in which the facility will gain a completely new façade. It will feature at the mall until 24th May when a special knockdown event is being planned.

If you are looking forward to exploring the delights of Bucharest during your European river cruise holidays, be sure to come along and discover the incredible balancing acts for yourself.

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