Famed British artist to create ‘Largest Single-Painting’ in Dubai hotel

Published: 25 May 2020 - 5:37 a.m.
By: Jane O'Neill
Creative types around the world have been applying their skills for the good of others in the light of COVID-19 outbreak.

Now, a Dubai-based artist is taking on the task to connect humanity by creating the 'Largest Single-Painting Ever Created on Canvas by a Lone Artist”, right here in Dubai.

Brit Sacha Jafri is self-isolating in the city’s iconic Atlantis The Palm for eight weeks to break the record, and it’s for a good cause.

During his two months in isolation, which began in May, Jafri will be asking little ones around the world to be a part of the ‘Humanity Inspired’ project – by painting, drawing, collaging or sketching a piece of art that reflects the two themes of 'Separation/Isolation' or 'Connection'.

During the first day, more than 6,000 submissions from 40 countries were taken in from children around the world to start off the project.

Jafri will be creating the record-breaking masterpiece, which is around the size of two football fields, in two of Atlantis’ massive ballrooms, where he’ll be painting 300 layers, so it’s quite the hefty job.

The aim is to raise funds for all major industries affected by COVID-19, including the uninterrupted education of children, along with hospitals, healthcare workers, emergency services, essential medical supplies and front-line defence within the UAE and internationally.

Romeo Interiors originally completed the fit-out of one of the Middle East's biggest ballrooms. However Jafri's work won't be a permanent fixture in the landmark hotel's interiors.

Once the project is finished, it will be auctioned for charity in 30 selected canvas panels, which can seat 2,000.

“Connecting the world through the voices and hearts of children with art is a wonderful gift back to Humanity and a challenge I would love to take on,” said Sacha Jafri.

You can find out more about the massive project and Jafri himself, as well as get involved by heading to www.humanity-inspired.com

Atlantis the Palm has long been a source of creative inspiration. Named most Instagrammable hotel in the world in 2015, the resort showcases the combined talents of hospitality design gurus Jeffrey Beers of Jeffrey Beers International, David Rockwell of The Rockwell Group and Adam D. Tihany of Tihany Design.

The interior designers who had the task of transforming the structure into an aquatic Lost Continent of Atlantis were Wilson Associates, design architects Wimberly, Allison, Tong and Goo and the innovative landscape architecture design firm EDSA.

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