Dubai – home to the world’s largest shopping mall, the world’s only seven-star hotel, and the world’s tallest building – is set to break yet another record. As part of a remarkable global initiative, artist Sacha Jafri, in partnership with UNICEF, UNESCO, The Global Gift Foundation, Dubai Cares, and the UAE Government, has embarked on the ambitious journey of creating the world’s largest painting on canvas. Jafri – who has been isolating at Atlantis, The Palm – has been working on creating his dream project in the luxe hotel’s ballroom for the past five months. Titled‘Humanity Inspired – Let’s Paint the World a Different Color’, the painting is essentially a campaign to raise funds to ensure healthcare, education, and digital connectivity for those living in remote and less fortunate areas of the world. Aimed at raising more than 30 million dollars, the project is supported by more than 100 influential figures from around the globe, including Virat Kohli, Huda Kattan, Eva Longoria, Deepak Chopra, and Brooklynn Beckham, among others.
This gargantuan artwork centers on the subjects of ‘isolation’ and ‘connection’ during the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on how children perceive those words. Jafri invited children from around the world to submit their artworks, which he then incorporated into the first layer of his canvas. Titled ‘Windows to a Better Future’, this layer highlights a child’s youthful perspective on what a healthier future for humanity means.
Speaking about his venture, Jafri says, “After a conversation with UNICEF earlier in the year, my eyes were opened to the fact that an estimated 385 million children live in extreme poverty around the world and these children are twice as likely to die in childhood. These numbers have almost doubled in the last four months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. My initiative, ‘Humanity Inspired’, aims to be a catalyst for true societal change through the hearts, minds, and souls of the children of the world – a springboard for a better future for ALL humanity. My painting, ‘The Journey of Humanity’, will support the delivery of improved education, healthcare, and connectivity, as well as create vital funds in support of the poorest and most desperately in need areas and regions of our planet.”
The record-breaking painting – just under 2,000 square meters – is set to break the Guinness World Record for the ‘Largest Art Canvas in the World.’ Set to be completed on September 10, the magnificent piece will be unveiled in November 2020. The painting will be housed by leading museums in the world before being broken down into 60 canvases that will be auctioned and sold in December 2020.
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Help me to create the largest painting in the world “The Journey Of Humanity” by sending the artwork of children in your community to www.humanity-inspired.com 🎨 With this project we’re connecting over 1 billion people over the world through the hearts, minds & souls of our children. By auctioning the painting, we aim to raise 30 million US dollars to help children in the poorest and most in-need areas of the world. Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan. Share my story and send in your artwork to become a part of this world-changing project. With help of our partners: @unicef @globalgiftfoundation @dubaicares @unesco @atlantisdubai @danaholdings @fsrguae @duluxarabia @guinnessworldrecords @dubaimediaoffice @moe_uaestudents @visit.dubai #TogetherUnited #HumanityInspired #GuinnessWorldRecord #ArtProject #LargestArtCanvas 🌏💕