British artist Sacha Jafri has been working on the world’s largest painting — The Journey of Humanity — since March this year at The Atlantis. At 17,000 square feet, the ground-breaking work of art required 1,400 gallons of paint and 1,050 paintbrushes — and has been officially described by Guinness World Records as the largest art canvas in the world.
It is now set to break six more world records, including the largest painting to ever hang in a museum, and most expensive painting ever sold online.
Sacha embarked upon the project after he found himself stranded in Dubai due to the Covid-19 lockdown in March. “I wanted to create something poignant,” he said, after major commissions for events such as Expo 2020 and the Tokyo Olympics had to be deferred due to the pandemic.
The finished painting will be unveiled next month, before being housed in leading museums around the world, and finally being broken down into 70 framed canvases to be auctioned in collaboration with The Global Gift Foundation, UNICEF, UNESCO and Dubai Cares.
The artist is on a mission to inspire humanity with his vision of ‘One World, One Soul, One Planet’. But he acknowledged that the issues dividing people today are also very real.