Dubai painting to be sold for AED110-million for charity
The world’s largest canvas – painted by Esquire alum Sacha Jafri – is going to auction for a cool AED110 million (US$30,000).
The work of art is set to enter the Guinness World Records as world’s largest canvas painting.
The piece was supported by Humanity Inspired, an initiative launched by Dubai Cares under the patronage of Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, the Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence.
The auction will support a joint effort by Dubai Cares and international partners Unicef and Unesco, to scale up digital connectivity and equality around the world. The general idea is to connect more than one billion people through art.
Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak said the UAE has become a leading player when it comes to making new connections and strengthening bridges around the world.
Sacha Jafri is the artist behind 'The Journey of Humanity' the world's largest canvas painting
According to Dr Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer at Dubai Cares and Member of its Board of Directors, proceeds of the painting will also go to supporting children affected by the coronavirus. “
“The Covid-19 pandemic forced 192 countries to close down schools and universities, affecting more than 1.5 billion school-aged children and youth, who represent around 90 per cent of the world's student population.”
“More than 60 million teachers were also no longer in the classroom. Given this reality, we are very excited to join forces with Atlantis, The Palm and Sacha Jafri in this ambitious charitable initiative,” he added.
According to the painting’s creator Jafri, ‘Humanity Inspired’ aims to do more than simple raise money for charity.
“This pandemic has affected every community across the globe and taken the lives of thousands, but it has also changed our mindset, and this means we have a window of opportunity for change. 'Humanity Inspired' aims to be a catalyst for true social change through the hearts, minds and souls of the children of the world. My painting, 'The Journey of Humanity' will support the delivery of improved education and connectivity."
Esquire now has a newsletter – sign up to get it sent straight to your inbox.