Kids’ artworks make the largest painting on canvas!
By Kinjal Trivedi
British artist Sacha Jafri has taken over the ballroom of a luxury hotel in Dubai to produce the largest painting ever created on canvas.
Upon its completion next month, the 1,980-square-meter (over 21,000 square feet) artwork will be cut into separate panels, which painter Sacha Jafri is auctioning off in the hope of raising $30 million for charity.
He has collected paintings from children from all over the world and has incorporated them into this one larger painting.
“I was stuck in Dubai and I wanted to create something poignant, something that would mean something,” he said on a video call from the hotel. “Something that could potentially make a really big difference.”
His painting is called, “The Journey of Humanity” and is almost equivalent to 4 NBA Basketball sized courts.
The painting will then be cut into 60 separate pieces, measuring approximately 30 square meters each, to be framed and sold individually at an auction in Dubai this December.
“We are aiming to raise $30 million, which will go to help the poorest children of the world with education, connectivity, health and sanitation,” Jafri said, adding: “Each person that buys a panel will (not only) own a piece of the largest painting ever created in the world, but they’ll own a piece of history, because what we’re doing with that money is huge.
Working over a period of 20 weeks, Dubai-based Jafri will create a massive painting titled ‘The Journey of Humanity’. Due to be completed by 7 September, the painting is set to establish a Guinness World Record for ‘The Largest Art Canvas’. The initiative has been endorsed by more than 100 celebrities from across the globe, including: Virat Kohli, Eva Longoria, Deepak Chopra, Brooklyn Beckham, Holly Branson, Ronan Keating, Antonio Banderas, Melanie Griffith, Shilpa Shetty, Pixie Lott, Leona Lewis, Nile Rodgers, David Walliams, Katie Piper, Luis Fonsi, Kylian Mbappe, Kirsty Gallacher and Rita Ora, among others.
Funds raised by the auction will contribute towards mitigating the significant disparities between industrialised and developing countries in digital access. Dubai Cares and its partners will launch a Global Declaration on Connectivity with the aim of establishing digital access for learning and livelihood as the right of every young person. The initiative will see UN agencies, UAE Government entities, NGOs and private sector firms working together to promote its mission.