Albury won’t be appearing in the Guinness Book of World Records, but the city’s gathering of Charlie Chaplins was far from a failure.
The attempt taught a new generation about the entertainer and bringing art from museum walls to the community.
On Saturday, 79 Charlie lookalikes gathered in QEII Square, well short of the 663 world records, but enough to create an Australian record.
Library Museum curator Emma Williams said they event had introduced Charlie to a whole new generation who learnt about technology, art and black and white films.
She said they had succeeded in taking conversations about art beyond the four walls of the gallery into the street.
“There’s a really great vibe,” she said. “I thought we might have had some more ‘casual’ Charlies but everyone has really put the effort in.”
Charlie lookalikes Kelly Bacan, 11, and Luke Roberts, 9, said it was exciting to be apart of the attempt.
Both said they didn’t know much about Charlie beforehand but had learnt a lot about the entertainer now.
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