Mosaic artist, Saimir Strati, began his career doing restorations to several mosaics at the archeological sites of Byllis, Amantia and Appolonia in Albania. He has created some of the most spectacular mosaics and has been awarded with 7 Guinness World Records in the last decade. He has created one-of-a-kind mosaics using only toothpicks, nails, screws, coffee beans, wine corks, or even paint brushes.
In 2008, he collaborated with what is now Ekphrasis Studio to begin his third world record attempt – which was a success. The mosaic had a Mediterranean theme, and consisted of 229,764 wine corks over a surface of 12.94×7.10m.