Artist Sacha Jafri's world record-breaking painting set to raise more than $30 million for charity

Time Out went to see ‘The Journey of Humanity’ at Atlantis The Palm

Artist Sacha Jafri's world record-breaking painting set to raise more than $30 million for charity
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Earlier this year, world-famous British artist Sacha Jafri went into lockdown at Dubai’s Atlantis The Palm to create his record-breaking painting entitled Humanity Inspired.

All for charity, Time Out Dubai got a look at the huge initiative set to raise more than $30 million (around Dhs110 million) to connect with a billion people worldwide –and it’s quite the sight.

The project is being supported by more than 100 influential public figures across the globe, including the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), together with The Global Gift Foundation and the UAE Government – to connect people post the COVID-19 pandemic in order to tackle the devastating impact of the virus on children and youth.

Jafri’s finished painting, which is due to be completed by Thursday September 10, will be around the size of two football fields at 2,000 sq m, in two of Atlantis’ massive ballrooms.

The massive creation is ‘the world’s largest painting to have ever been created on canvas’, and is set to break the official record for ‘The Largest Art Canvas’ in the world.

The finished creation is set to be revealed at Atlantis The Palm in November, 2020, and will then be projected onto the UAE’s most iconic landmarks, and housed in the world’s leading museums.

It will then be broken down into 60 individually numbered, signed, catalogued and framed canvases which will be auctioned and sold during a Royal Gala Dinner and Charity Auction in December, 2020.

“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,” said Jafri.

“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. I aim to connect the world, and re-connect Humanity to ourselves, each other, and ultimately ‘The Soul of the Earth.’”

To read an exclusive interview with Sacha Jafri, don't miss the current issue of Time Out Dubai, which is on sale now.

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

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