Photo: The display broke a previous Guinness World Record set in 2011, and the proceeds from the hats sold benefit Cystic Fibrosis Canada.
The Guinness World Records world record for the largest straw hat measures 6.65 m (21 ft 9 in) in diameter and is 2.6 m (8 ft 6 in) high. The hat was made by Atalia Bis & Partners Company in Kozieglowy, Poland, and measured in August 2006.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the most people simultaneously throwing hats; it is 9,995 and was achieved by Coordinadora de Peñas de Valladolid (Spain) in Valladolid, Spain, on 1 September 2013.
The shopping centre worked with a design firm to create the mosaic, which covered almost 5,000 square feet, The Calgary Herald reports.
North Hill Centre’s record breaks a title previously held by a large-scale mosaic made of baseball caps in Berlin. The effort was also tied in with a good cause.
A campaign called Hats Off for CF raised more than $5,000 for cystic fibrosis through Smithbilt hat sales in the mall.