Creatives and artists around the globe have been honing their skills for the betterment of others in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. The lockdown has inspired Dubai-based artist Sacha Jafri to undertake the biggest project of his career: an eight-week plan, carried out in self-isolation, to create the largest painting ever made on canvas.
Taking up isolation in two large ballrooms within Dubai’s hotel Atlantis, The Palm, the British artist’s project, named Humanity Inspired, calls upon children across the world to submit drawings that he will add to the first layer (‘the soul’) of a canvas that is the approximate size of two football fields. “This project is a philanthropic humanitarian mission, aiming to reconnect us to each other, ourselves and ultimately the soul of the earth, through the hearts, minds and souls of the children of the world; our next generation, our guiding light to a better tomorrow,” says Jafri.
Artist Sacha Jafri with his daughter
In a global appeal, children from all walks of life have been invited to create works centred on the themes of ‘isolation’ and ‘connection’. The aim is to receive artworks from over two million children around the world, from over 120 countries, which would be pasted to form the first layer of the canvas. On the first day of the project alone, more than 6,000 submissions from 40 countries were made.
“Your creation will serve as a shining light to so many during this crisis,” says the artist. “Ignite our spirit, uplift our soul, electrify our senses and help bring humanity together for a better and more meaningful tomorrow.” From May onwards, Jafri spend six weeks painting 300 layers on top, while being inspired by an array of creatives from across the world via livestream.
Artist Sacha Jafri with a paintbrush
Run in collaboration with UNICEF, the Global Gift Foundation charity and with the support of the UAE government, upon completion the project will be identified by Guinness World Records as the ‘world's largest painting to be created on canvas’.
Upon completion, the painting will be auctioned for charity in 30 selected canvas panels, carefully curated to raise funds in support of continual uninterrupted education of children as well as hospitals, healthcare workers, emergency services response units and essential medical supplies both within the UAE and internationally.
“My work has always been inspired by humanity and the connection between people,” says Jafri, adding, “and right now, this is more prevalent than it has ever been.” Sacha would like to personally call out to the children of the world to be a part of the "soul' of the canvas.
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Images courtesy of the artist
From the Summer 2020 issue of Harper's BAZAAR Art