Dubai is getting another jewel in its crown of world records, with the world’s largest canvas painting measuring a whopping 1,800 sq. metres by artist Sacha Jafri expected to be completed next month.
World’s largest canvas painting in the works in Dubai
While most of us have been learning how to make dalgona coffee, taking part in TikTok challenges, playing Call of Duty and Ludo online with friends and family and adjusting to the new normal post-Coronavirus, Dubai-based artist Sacha Jafri has been on a roll creating a massive 1,800 sq. metre-long painting named “The Journey of Humanity,” infusing a series of humanitarian and social themes in his artworks that’s touted to be the biggest philanthropic project in history.
Canvas size equivalent of two football pitches combined
It’s fair to say Jafri is going all out on his 1,800 sq. Metre project, estimated to be as big as combining two football pitches combined! The Dubai-based artist claims he’s seen days when his “back is gone” and confessed feeling like giving up on the world-record-attempting artwork but says he’s dedicated his 22-year-long career waiting to get a project like this.
Painting expected to fetch a $30 million price tag
Jafri’s painting is expected to completed on 7th September and is set to be unveiled this November at Atlantis The Palm. The painting, partnered with home-grown and international charities Dubai Cares, Global Gift Foundation, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), is hopeful to raise $30 million (AED 110m) this December at a gala dinner.
With that amount, you could buy yourself a penthouse in Burj Khalifa worth AED 25 million, an AED 50 million villa in Palm Jumeirah, an AED 33 million ‘D 5’ Dubai number plate and a monthly stay in Burj Al Arab!
Following its launch this November, “The Journey of Humanity” will be projected on Dubai’s prominent landmarks and displayed at renowned museums across the world. After the world tour, the artwork will be split into 60 individually numbered- signed, catalogued and framed canvases ahead of the December auction.
High-rollers from more than 140 countries will be invited to the gala dinner and make a purchase in the auction. Expect a slew of high-profile celebrities and statesmen to descend upon Dubai this December!
Virat Kohli, Shilpa Shetty and Jaqueline Fernandez endorse “The Journey of Humanity”
Scores of celebrities from around the world have endorsed Jafri’s artwork so far, including Virat Kohli, Shilpa Shetty and Jaqueline Fernandez, followed by musicians, athletes and superstars like Eva Longoria, Luis Fonsi, Kylian Mbappe, Rita Ora, Brooklyn Beckham, Brian Lara, Huda Kattan, Olly Murs, Olga Kurylenko, His Highness Prince William and many more.
(Featured photograph credit: Dubai Media Office)